Marvel Studios filming bulk of “Captain America” overseas


Hollywoodnews.com: Captain America is the quintessential American superhero. So it only makes sense that the upcoming “Captain America” blockbuster from Marvel Studios would be filmed in … London?!

Yep. California apparently lost out to London in the bid to house “Captain America: The First Avenger” because the bulk of the story takes place there, according to the L.A. Times. Chris Evans of “Fantastic Four” has been cast in the title role. He’ll be joined by Samuel L. Jackson (as Nick Fury), and will be opposed by Hugo Weaving (as the villainous Red Skull).

“I actually had location scouts (in Los Angeles) to see what could be done,” said Marvel Studios co-President Louis D’Esposito. “But it would have required so much visual-effects work and set construction, it didn’t make sense.”

A tax incentive reportedly also helped seal the deal. The L.A. Times says Britain’s film incentive, which “offers a 20% to 25% payable tax credit on qualified expenditures, was another factor.”

“This is one reason many advocate that our state’s incentive program be revised,” said Paul Audley, president of FilmL.A. Inc.

“Captain America” will shoot this July in London. It’s scheduled to be released July 22, 2011.

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