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On the heels of the filming of Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” Virginia has landed another major film.

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Wednesday that portions of “Captain Phillips” starring Tom Hanks, will be shot in the Virginia Beach area.

Hanks will play Captain Richard Phillips. The film is based on a true story documented in the book “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea,” which was written by Captain Richard Phillips and Stephan Talty. The book details the story of Phillips, the captain of the MV Maersk Alabama, which was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009.

Hanks previously has been in Virginia to produce a film. He was executive producer of the HBO miniseries “John Adams,” which included scenes shot in Williamsburg and Richmond. 

“I am pleased to welcome [Hanks], along with the entire Captain Phillips team, back to Virginia with this story of modern-day heroism on the part of Captain Richard Phillips and the Navy SEALs whose daring actions resulted in his ultimate release,” McDonnell said in a statement. “We in Virginia take great pride in the Navy’s presence within our state and are delighted to support this film that acclaims the significant contributions made by the U.S. Navy and the strength and courage of the men and women who serve in the U.S. armed forces.”

The movie also stars Catherine Keener as the captain’s wife and is directed by Paul Greengrass, director of “United 93” and “The Bourne Ultimatum.”

“For its proximity and accessibility to the Atlantic Ocean, and as a vital base for the U.S. Navy, we look forward to filming in Virginia,” Greengrass said in a statement.
The movie is eligible to receive $300,000 from the Governor’s Motion Picture Opportunity Fund.

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