Actor Chris Evans filmed at George A. Ayotte Parking Facility for the upcoming series, "Defending Jacob."
Actor Chris Evans filmed at George A. Ayotte Parking Facility for the upcoming series, "Defending Jacob." (Nicole DeFeudis / Lowell Sun)

LOWELL — "Ready, and action!" crew members shouted intermittently. Somewhere inside the George A. Ayotte Parking Facility, the camera rolled on Chris Evans.

The Sudbury native, known by most for his role in Marvel's "Captain America" movies, is filming in Lowell for the upcoming Apple TV+ series, "Defending Jacob."

Filming began around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday and will continue into Thursday, two New England Studios crew members said.

The series is based on a 2012 novel by Boston author William Landay. Based in Newton, the story follows attorney Andy Barber, to be played by Evans, who defends his teenage son accused of murder.

Woburn police car replicas were towed in on a flatbed truck for use on set.
Woburn police car replicas were towed in on a flatbed truck for use on set. (Nicole DeFeudis / Lowell Sun)

Passersby snapped photos on cellphones as they made their morning commute Wednesday. Crew members drove two replica Woburn police cars off a flatbed truck to be used on the set.

"Quiet please!" a crew member would order when filming commenced, and a Lowell police officer would briefly stop traffic rounding the corner of Hall Street East and River Place. Even the engine of a garbage truck idling in traffic was turned off to limit background noise.

Use of the parking garage, located across from the Tsongas Center, is limited to pass holders during filming. Floors three and up are sectioned off, a crew member said.

If the garage fills up, pass holders may park in an overflow lot across the street.


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The series has filmed in other central and eastern Massachusetts communities, and will continue in coming months, said the two New England Studios crew members.

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Trucks carrying film equipment lined River Place.
Trucks carrying film equipment lined River Place. (Nicole DeFeudis / Lowell Sun)

Chris Evans
Chris Evans (AP/Disney/Marvel Studios)