Captain Phillips : filming moves to Virginia Beach

May 30, 2012

Tom Hanks was in Malta to film his upcoming project, Captain Phillips, which tells the true story of Richard Phillips, captain of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama on April 8, 2009, when Somali pirates approached the American cargo ship. The pirates and American crew members exchanged fire. We even added some photos of the filming to our gallery.

The filming had started in Lincoln, Massachusetts, before moving to Malta. Today, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced that portions of the highly anticipated feature film will be shot in the Virginia Beach area.


The movie is directed by Paul Greengrass, who said in an announcement that he was looking forward to filming in Virginia "for its proximity and accessibility to the Atlantic Ocean, and as a vital base for the U.S. Navy.” 

The Governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell, also issued a statement :

"When Tom Hanks last spent time in the Commonwealth it was as Executive Producer of the award-winning miniseries John Adams. I am pleased to welcome him, 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.  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. Our investments in the job-creating film industry continue to pay off for the citizens of Virginia”

According to Columbia Picture, the movie will be released on March 22, 2013 in the United States. 


Cathy Metzker, June 16, 2012

Wow, a bunch of school bus drivers went to a restaurant for breakfast this morning as its the last day of school and sitting at the next table was Tom Hanks. We were all star struck and then realized not many in the restaurant INCLUDING the poor waitress and manager knew he was there. Wow is all I can say.