From a Robert De Niro thriller being shot in Jersey City to recurring zombie appearances at the Hoboken station for a Walking Dead spin-off, Hudson County saw no shortage of film crews in 2022 — and it seems to not be slowing down in 2023 either. HG got an insider scoop that this weekend award-winning actor Ron Perlman was spotted in Hoboken, enjoying brunch at Halifax + walking along the waterfront (celebrities really are just like us). We did a little digging to find that Ron has returned to The Mile Square to continue filming his upcoming movie Day of The Fight, a boxing drama co-starring Joe Pesci — which we first reported back in December. Read on for what we know about Day of The Fight and other movies that have been filmed in town as of late.
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Day of the Fight with Ron Perlman + Joe Pesci
This past weekend, readers spotted Ron Perlman having himself a quintessential Hoboken Saturday — brunch at Halifax followed by a walk along the waterfront? Sounds about right. We discovered that Ron has returned to The Mile Square to continue filming Day of the Fight, though, at this time, no film crew has been spotted. The initial film location for the movie was Pier A in Hoboken — so of course, we’ll keep our eyes peeled. Per Deadline, filming is slated to take place between New York + New Jersey so our guess (read: hope) is, this isn’t the crew’s last visit to The Mile Square
Back in December, HG received intel that Joe Pesci returned home to the Garden State for his latest, star-studded project Day of the Fight. Joe is joined by Ron Perlman, Michael Pitt (who is not Brad Pitt’s son), Nicolette Robinson, and more for a film about “a once celebrated boxer who takes a redemptive journey through his past and present, on the day of his first fight since leaving prison,” according to Deadline. We’re unclear which character Joe Pesci will be playing, but nevertheless, the role sounds perfectly suited to him. As, of course, every role is.
Dakota Johnson, Sean Penn, Daddio
In 2021, Yahoo Entertainment reported that Dakota Johnson — known best for her breakout role in 50 Shades of Grey — would be starring alongside Sean Penn in director Christy Hall’s latest project, Daddio. The movie follows the adventures of a young woman (Dakota Johnson) and the taxi driver (Sean Penn) who picks her up from JFK. According to Yahoo, the film is a “kinetic drama [that] explores the complexities of human connection and proves that a chance encounter with a total stranger can change a person’s life.” No shocker to us that Hoboken has a cameo in a film about a life-altering escapade, but we digress.
The film crew for Daddio was located at 11th Avenue as of mid December, on the corner of Park Avenue and Bloomfield Street. HG paid a visit to the set and while unfortunately, there were no Dakota Johnson sightings, we did chat with a friendly sound guy who confirmed the details — so thank you, sound guy.
This certainly won’t be the last celeb sightings here in Hoboken, as New Jersey has secured deals with Netflix + Lionsgate to bring production studios to The Garden State — one in Newark and one in Monmouth County. More on that later.
Of course, The Hoboken Girl team will keep you posted with details regarding these films as they unfold — and as always, we’ll tune you into any more sightings. To stay in the know on all Hoboken happenings, be sure to follow us on Instagram and TikTok.