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‘Fairhaven’ rolling into town

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / November 30, 2010

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Looks like big budget movie “Adaline’’ isn’t coming to Boston, but the low-budget, indie film “Fairhaven’’ is still on its way. The movie, which is being helmed by Medford native Tom O’Brien, will start pre-production next week. Shooting will begin in January, which means that stars Rosemarie DeWitt (of “Mad Men’’ and the soon-to-be-released Boston film “The Company Men’’), Chris Messina (of “Julie & Julia’’), and Brad William Henke (of “Lost’’) will soon be around town — or around Fairhaven at the very least. O’Brien tells us that the project was in jeopardy a few months ago (it was supposed to start shooting in September) but financing has come through and the crew has been hired. O’Brien was going to have his pal Jonathan Shoemaker direct, but now he’s taking on the project himself. Peter Simonite, who just worked on Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life’’ with Sean Penn and Brad Pitt, has signed on as cinematographer. O’Brien says there won’t be too much outdoor filming for obvious reasons. “Being January in the Northeast, we’re going to be subject to the weather. We do have some boat scenes and exterior shots.’’ “Fairhaven,’’ by the way, is about a man who reexamines his life after seeing Tom Brady talk about the Super Bowl on TV.