<i>Iron Man 3</i> Soars to North Carolina

As expected, North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue announced Thursday that the third installment of Marvel's blockbuster Iron Man franchise will shoot primarily at EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington.

While the first two Iron Man movies were shot primarily at Marvel's own studios in Manhattan Beach, California, the production was lured to North Carolina by the state's 25-percent film incentive and by the 150,000-square-foot EUE/Screen Gems facility. Iron Man 3 will be the largest production to film in North Carolina.

Directed by Shane Black, and again starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, the film is expected to begin pre-production soon in Wilmington for a 10-month shoot that will bring an estimated $80 million to the region. Iron Man 3 opens May 3, 2013.

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