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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.

About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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