The film industry seems to be taking a firm hold on Georgia, and now one of the largest film franchises of all has chosen a part of the Peach State as its backdrop.
The next installment of the X-Men franchise is being filmed on a 4.5 acre stretch of beach at Jekyll Island, near Savannah.
Some scenes from “X-Men: First Class” have already been filmed in various locations around London, England, and now Twentieth Century Fox has scouted the area of Jekyll Island, and gained permission from authorities there to film.
The studio will have to pay the island’s County Commission $16,000 for the use of the site, as well as provide beach-quality sand at one of the filming locations.
The film, another origins story explores the relationship between Professor X and Magneto. They are portrayed as mortal enemies in most X-Men stories, but were actually close friends when they were young men discovering their powers, which the film will chronicle.
The film was scheduled to begin shooting at Jekyll Island in late October, and will star Rose Byrne, James McAvoy, January Jones, Kevin Bacon and Oliver Platt.