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'Captain America' sequel to be filmed in Cleveland

Wire • Oct 1, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Cap is coming back to Cleveland.

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission has announced that Marvel Studios will film portions of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" in Cleveland. Filming for the sequel is scheduled to begin next year.

The sequel to the 2011 box office hit, "Captain America: The First Avenger," is scheduled for release by the Walt Disney Studios in 2014.

"Marvel is pleased to return to Ohio, this time with our 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' production," said Louis D'Esposito, co-president of Marvel Studios. "The location, talent and people of Ohio are sure to benefit from our film and we look forward to beginning production."

The "Captain America" sequel will be directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, Cleveland natives whose credits include the film "Welcome to Collinwood" and the television series "Arrested Development" and "Community."

Chris Evans will be reprising his role as Captain America (aka Steve Rogers).

"Winter Soldier" is expected to feature the return of "Bucky" Barnes, Rogers' best friend who seemingly fell to his death during a World War II mission with Cap in "The First Avenger." In the comics, Winter Soldier is the future alias for Barnes, Cap's WWII sidekick, when he returns to the contemporary world as a reprogrammed Russian assassin after Barnes was believed to have been killed by a bomb during the war.

The sequel follows on the heels of Marvel's summer blockbuster, "The Avengers," which filmed in Cleveland and Wilmington in 2011. Filming of the opening sequence took place over one week at NASA Plum Brook in Perkins Township in mid-August 2011.

The following cast members were on the Plum Brook set: Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury, director of SHIELD), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Clark Gregg (SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson), Cobie Smulders (SHIELD Agent Maria Hill) and Tom Hiddleston (Thor's evil brother, Loki).

"The Avengers" broke a number of box office records and was the fastest film ever to gross $1 billion in sales worldwide.

In June, Ohio expanded the state Motion Picture Tax Incentive, which is intended to strengthen the state's growing film industry and create jobs for Ohioans. The tax incentive provides for a refundable credit against the corporation franchise or income tax for motion pictures produced in Ohio.

About 1,143 full-time equivalent Ohio jobs and $35.5 million in household income are credited to the 27 projects that have taken advantage of the tax credit since its 2009 inception, according to a Cleveland State University study released earlier this year.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Staff writer Cary Ashby contributed to this story.

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