Walking around parts of downtown Savannah Monday and Tuesday, one couldn’t help feeling transported back in time and across the world.
Marvel Studios’ latest cinematic foray, “Ant Man and the Wasp,” filmed in the Hostess City earlier this week, but the city wasn’t playing itself.
A release from the Central Casting Georgia Facebook page revealed that the scenes shot in Savannah were set in 1987. The post also reveals that the scenes being shot were set in Argentina.
Attractive tax incentives have drawn many film productions to the Peach State in recent years, so many in fact that according to the website Urban Dictionary, Atlanta has been given the affectionate nickname Y’allywood.
According to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, film, television and digital productions that shoot in the state can qualify for up to a 30 percent tax credit. That has drawn productions from “The Walking Dead” to the new “Jurassic World” to the state in the pursuit of savings, as well as previous Marvel Studios productions, including “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and the most recent “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Georgia was first in the nation for film production in 2016, ahead of even California, with 17 productions to the Golden State’s 12.
“Ant Man and the Wasp” producer Charles Newirth told The Savannah Morning News that filming in Savannah served specific needs of the production, which had already been filming in Atlanta, while allowing it to remain in the state.
“We thought Savannah has a much different menu of architectural choices, which it does, and there is so much fantastic history here,” Newirth told the newspaper.
Besides “Ant Man and the Wasp,” which was filmed under the code name “Cherry Blue,” the Liam Hemsworth movie “Killerman” and “The Front Runner” starring Hugh Jackman are currently shooting in Savannah, and the Andie MacDowell-led Hallmark Channel movie “The Beach House” recently wrapped production in the area.