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"Captain Phillips" filming to occur in Va. Beach

Wednesday - 5/30/2012, 4:07pm  ET

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A movie featuring Tom Hanks as the captain of a merchant ship who was taken hostage by Somali pirates will be filmed in Virginia.

Gov. Bob McDonnell's office says parts of "Captain Phillips" will be shot in Virginia Beach. The movie focuses on Capt. Richard Phillips, who was at the helm of the Maersk Alabama when pirates boarded it in 2009.

Phillips was held hostage for several days in a lifeboat before Navy SEAL snipers aboard the USS Bainbridge shot and killed three pirates and rescued Phillips.

Film director Paul Greengrass says he's looking forward to shooting in the area because it is a vital base to the Navy and its accessibility to the Atlantic Ocean. McDonnell's office says "Captain Phillips" can receive a $300,000 state grant.

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