Captain Phillips : filming will start in Lincoln, Massachusetts

March 06, 2012

On January 31, we told you that the movie Captain Philips, directed by Paul Greengrass and in which Tom Hanks will play the lead, would be shot from March to May in Morocco and Malta.
Another location has been added : during the last week of March, the production crew will settle in Lincoln, Massachusetts to shoot part of the film at Matlock Farm. The producers were looking for a location resembling the farmhouse in Vermont where Richard Phillips and his wife currently live.

According to Town Administrator Tim Higgins they may also use other areas in town, such as the second floor of Bemis Hall :

“I am in the process of negotiating with Columbia [Pictures] to allow them to use various town facilities for parking, wardrobe and staging. Lincoln gave them what they were looking for aesthetically, and also it was a convenient location."

The movie will only spend a couple weeks filming in Massachusetts before moving to locations in Morocco and Malta.


With movies such as Bloody Sunday and Flight 93, Paul Greengrass seems to be a great fit to direct this movie, which tells the true story of Richard Phillips, captain of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama on April 8, 2009, when Somali pirates approached the American cargo ship. The pirates and American crew members exchanged fire.
The pirates gained access to the ship as their boat sank due to the gunfire exchange. As the pirates searched the ship, Americans overcame one pirate and took him captive.
After 13 hours of negotiations, Richard Phillips agreed to board a lifeboat with the pirates. The plan was for the two groups to exchange prisoners at sea. However, Phillips ended up captive on the lifeboat for three days and was tortured by the men who held him. He attempted one daring escape and failed before being rescued by the Navy SEALs on April 12, 2009.