'Avengers' movie filming in Cleveland

9:15 AM, Mar 4, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- A major motion picture, "The Avengers," is going to be shot in Cleveland.

Governor John Kasich made the announcement prior to Mayor Frank Jackson's State of the City Speech.

The movie is based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. The movie will start shooting soon. Reportedly, movie personnel are in town already scouting locations.

The film will bring some big name actors reprising their roles from earlier movies. Robert Downey Jr. will be Iron Man, Samuel L. Jackson will be Nick Fury and Scarlett Johansson will be the Black Widow.

Wayne Hill, chairman of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, called this "the largest film ever shot in Ohio."

It will mean a significant number of jobs.

The movie was set to be shot in Detroit but Michigan's governor planned to eliminate tax credits. The picture will get tax advantages for shooting in Ohio.

"I'm thrilled we're are going to have this here. I'm just bucking for a part as Governator 2," Kasich said.


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