With Comic-Con and Avengers line-ups out of the way Chris Evans, director Joe Johnston and the rest of the cast can get back to filming Captain America: The First Avenger. We’ve known for a while that filming will take place in the UK, and now new reports have surfaced which reveal which cities are involved, and what may be filmed there.
America’s First Avenger will battle his foes on the streets of Manchester and Liverpool during filming on the big-budget superhero film. Manchester’s Northern Quarter is to be transformed into 1940s New York for a dramatic car chase in Captain America: The First Avenger.
Producers chose the Northern Quarter to recreate New York because of its towering buildings and pre-war architecture. The location was organised through the Vision+Media film office, based at Mediacity in Salford Quays, which brought the big budget production of Sherlock Holmes to Manchester and Liverpool.
Susan Williams, drama liaison manager, said the company was approached by the studio, which is also behind the successful Spider Man and Hulk films, in February. “We suggested the area to Marvel as its wide streets, towering buildings and pre-war architecture will make the perfect 1940s New York.”
Residents, local businesses and Manchester City Council have all been consulted about the production, which will last about two weeks from mid September. Details of scenes due to be filmed at Liverpool’s Stanley Dock are yet to be finalised.
As a Brit it is always good to see big budget movies coming the UK to shoot, although it is somewhat disheartening to read that some cities look like New York 70 years ago. I though we were more advanced than that!
Captain America stars Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, Hugo Weaving as Red Skull, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Sebastian Stan as Bucky, Samuel L. Jackson as Nicky Fury and Tommy Lee Jones as General Chester Phillips, and will be released next July.