VIRGINIA BEACH -- A bit of Hollywood is coming to Hampton Roads.
Portions of 'Captain Phillips,' based on hijacking of the Maersk-Alabama in 2009, will be shot in Va. Beach. Shooting in other locations began earlier this year. The filming in our area will be June 15-June 30.
Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks will play Captain Richard Phillips in the film based on the book, 'A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea,' by Captain Richard Phillips and Stephan Talty.
In a release from the governor's office Wednesday, director Paul Greengrass noted, '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.'
Capt. Phillips offered himself as a hostage so his crew would be safe. He was taken from the cargo ship in one of its lifeboats and was held by armed Somali pirates for several days. The ordeal ended when the Navy came to his rescue. Navy SEALs, staged on the Norfolk-based guided-missile destroyer served USSBainbridge, fired on the pirates, killing three and capturing a fourth.
Capt. Phillips was freed and brought aboard the ship. The lifeboat was also on display at Nauticus.
He was in Norfolk that November to thank the commanding officer and crew of the USS Bainbridge. and for the opening of an exhibit at Nauticus that had the lifeboat as its centerpiece.
'We in Virginia Beach are honored that Captain Phillips will be filming in our area,' commented Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms. 'This is a rare opportunity to bring economic benefit to our beautiful city while being part of what is sure to be an exceptional and inspirational film.'
The movie has an expected release date in March 2013.