At the beginning of September ComicBookMovies.com had announced that producers of X-Men: First Class were considering filming a few “extensive action scenes” in Savannah and Tybee Island, GA. These are the same locations that Miley Cyrus’ The Last Song was filmed just last year.
It would appear now, however, that Tybee’s loss in now Jekyll Island’s gain. While X-Men: First Class is currently filming in London, it has been confirmed that filming will move to the U.S. later this month to a seacoast island in Georgia. The Savannah Morning News reports that the producers have agreed to pay the Jekyll Island authority $16,000 for use of a 4.5-acre beach area east of Beachview Drive and the Clam Creek fishing pier. The agreement also calls for the producers to provide beach-quality sand at one of the sites. Fox spokesman Chris Petrikin said Jekyll Island was picked for its visual aesthetic, ease of travel and the local availability of housing and equipment.
Jekyll has been privy to it’s own big movies. “The Legend of Bagger Vance” and “Glory” both had scenes that were shot in Jekyll.