HAVERHILL — Hollywood is returning to Haverhill.
Jennifer Lawrence, star of "The Hunger Games," will be downtown on Tuesday filming the movie, "Joy", which also stars Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper.
Mayor James Fiorentini said a 20th Century Fox crew will be filming inside and outside of the former Office Supply building on Washington Street. From about 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. the street will be closed to traffic, he said.
Downtown businesses were contacted by the film production company, which the mayor said will be compensating businesses for any revenue lost to the street closure.
"We're really excited about Jennifer Lawrence coming here," Fiorentini said. "We're convinced this will bring people downtown (to watch the filming) and I want everyone to stop in our local restaurants and have something to eat."
Written and directed by David O. Russell, "Joy" is the story of four generations of a family and the woman who rises to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty.
The mayor's chief of staff, David Van Dam, said pedestrians will be allowed on Washington Street, but will not be allowed to get close to where filming is taking place.
Van Dam said the film crew will use Washington Street from the former Haverhill Music Centre to Columbus Park. The MVRTA bus station will be open as usual and detours will be posted, he said.
"Jennifer Lawrence is scheduled to be here for the day," Van Dam said. "But we're not sure if any other actors will be here."
It will be the second time in the last few years that a big movie production company has come to Haverhill to shoot. The last time was during the summer of 2013, when Denzel Washington was here to film scenes for "The Equalizer" at the former Lowe's store.
"That was a three-month production, from set up to take down," Van Dam said.
"Certainly if you're open to working with a company and you're flexible .... there are benefits for both sides," he said. "Maybe they heard that the city was flexible and open to a movie shoot."
Van Dam said that from the first meeting several months ago with the movie company, the mayor's priority has been commerce.
"It was a priority that (local) businesses be on board, and to get them on board the movie company is compensating them," Van Dam said.
Filming of "Joy'' began in February in Boston. Film crews have also been spotted in Wilmington, North Reading, Winchester and Lynn.
Van Dam said the film crew was attracted to the former Office Supply building.
"They'll be shooting inside and outside on the street, and will be parking cars on the street as it's a period shoot of the '70s and '80s," he said. "They'll be erecting a facade across from the building.''
Van Dam said that as part of the filming, Lawrence might walk down the street toward Washington Square and back, but that he's not exactly sure of where or when she will be on camera.
He said details about where the film crew's vehicles, such as mobile homes, will be parked, were still being worked on.
"We're finalizing the logistics of their equipment and should have the final details by Friday," he said on Thursday afternoon. "When we met with them several months ago, the mayor asked that they dine locally, buy locally and, if possible, hire locally. Whatever they could do to help local commerce is a priority for the mayor."
Van Dam said the mayor has not planned anything special in terms of a meet-and-greet, but does plan to see what's going on with the filming.
Van Dam said the street closing is being coordinated by police and Public Works Department.
"They'll also need police details, which they are paying for," he said of the film crew.
Van Dam said the movie company is making a donation of $5,000, which will be put toward plantings to beautify the downtown this summer.
"And they may be renting some of our municipal lots for the day," Van Dam said. "Potentially, this could generate additional revenue through a one-day lease agreement.
"They may be hiring extras,'' he said, "but we're not involved with that.''