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Virginia will play host to Tom Hanks movie

Hollywood is coming to Virginia. Again.

Tom Hanks (Evan Agostini/Associated Press)

“Captain Phillips,” expected to be released by Columbia Pictures in March 2013, will film in the Virginia Beach area.

The film stars Hanks as Captain Richard Phillips and Catherine Keener as the captain’s wife, Andrea Phillips.

“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,’’ Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) wrote in a statement.

The last major movie to film in Virginia was Steven Spielberg’s flick on Abraham Lincoln, which was shot in Richmond and Petersburg.

“Captain Phillips” is based on the book, “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea.

“For its proximity and accessibility to the Atlantic Ocean, and as a vital base for the U.S. Navy, we look forward to filming in Virginia,’’ director Paul Greengrass said in a statement.

“Captain Phillips” is eligible to receive a $300,000 grant from the Governor’s Motion Picture Opportunity Fund.

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