Bucking the trend of the previous Marvel films, Captain America is due to be “filmed almost entirely” in London. The first two “Iron Man” movies and the just-wrapped “Thor” all went before the lenses at Raleigh Studios in Manhattan Beach, Calif., after Marvel had signed a long-term lease indicating their next four films would be shot there.
In an interview with the L.A. Times, Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito told how he “actually had location scouts [in LA] to see what could be done” but acknowledged “it would have required so much visual-effects work and set construction, it didn’t make sense.”
As usual it all comes down to boring (but ultimately realistic) monetary issues. “Captain America,” which stars Chris Evans in the title role and is due for release on July 22, 2011, was ineligible for California’s tax credit plan due to the film costing over $75 million. Also, since the film is set primarily in Europe (during World War II) and would qualify for further tax incentives if shot in London, the decision almost seems like it was made for them to shift production over to the U.K. The news would have to come as a blow for the local L.A. community, which had hoped the production would employ hundreds of crew members from the area. With rising costs involved in shooting and competition from other states and countries, very few big budget productions are filmed locally these days.
“The First Avenger: Captain America” is due to begin filming in June. Evans plays the all-American hero, with Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan and Toby Jones also starring in the movie.
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