Robert Downey Jr. to Film The Judge in Massachusetts

In the wake of the mega success of Iron Man 3, Robert Downey, Jr. is heading to Massachusetts next month to shoot his next film The Judge, a comedy drama also starring Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl), Billy Bob Thornton (Armageddon), and Vera Farmiga (Safe House, The Departed).

In The Judge, Downey Jr plays a lawyer who discovered at his mother's funeral that his father - the town's judge - is a murder suspect.

The Shelburne Board of Selectmen recently approved a filming permit and local production schedule for The Judge. The production will film in the historic Shelburne Falls village, at Baker Pharmacy, the old Mole Hollow Candle Co. building, and on Bridge Street between May 31 and June 17.

"As head of the Massachusetts Film Office, I want to thank you so much for how you've welcomed these folks," said Massachusetts Film Office Director Lisa Strout to the Selectmen. "We're really excited about this one, I can see this, as a lure for tourism over time," continued Strout.

The Judge also plans to shoot a few more scenes in Boston. The movie is scheduled to premiere in 2014.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Above photo of Robert Downey via Google.