Roaring through the English countryside... it's Captain America: Motorbike scenes for comic book film shooting in London

As a comic book star of the Forties of, Captain America was as patriotic emblem for his country, often depicted fighting the Nazi powers of World War II.

But it seems the Captain America in the forthcoming movie based on the iconic cartoon character is going to be bringing his powers to Britain as well.

Today motorbike scenes for Captain America: The First Avenger were being shot in the London countryside.
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Hero on a bike: Scenes were being shot today in a leafy London location for the forthcoming movie Captain America: The First Avenger, seen here a stunt double for American actor Chris Evans who will play the title role

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He's one Easy Rider: The stuntman was sat astride a classic US Army Indian motorcycle
Chris Evans, seen here at the Fantastic Four premiere in 2005, is playing Captain America

American actor Chris Evans, who also starred in the Fantastic Four comic book films, is playing the title role in the film. And today his stunt double was snapped in a leafy London location, dressed in full regalia, riding a US Army Indian motorcycle.

True to the original character, the costume comprised the colours of the American flag, complete with a huge star on the chest, helmet and cape.

There was also a magnificent Forties-style car on set, which was seen being driven through a woodland location, as well as some more futuristic looking motorcycles.
The film started shooting in June, when Tommy Lee Jones was confirmed as playing US Army Colonel Chester Phillips.

Dominic Cooper will also play a role as the younger version of Howard Stark, the character which John Slattery portrayed in Iron Man 2.

One of the first filming locations earlier in the summer was near the University of Manchester in the Northern Quarter, centred around Dale Street, chosen after a search for a location best fitting 1940's Lower East Side Manhattan, New York.

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On location: The film, set for release next year, is based on the 1940s comic book character

More filming is scheduled there for later this month. But in the meantime production will continue in London, with a number of key landmarks expected to be taken in during filming.

The movie, directed by Joe Johnston and scheduled for release in July next year, will also star Lord of the Rings actor Hugo Weaving as Johann Schmidt / Red Skull, Captain America's nemesis and head of the Nazis' terrorist activities.

The futuristic-looking bikes on set today appeared to be carrying riders bearing the Red Skull symbol as a chase scene was filmed.

Scenes will also be shot in Liverpool in the autumn at locations including the city's Albert Dock. It is being filmed with 2-D cameras, but will be converted into a 3D movie during post production.

Johnston did a one-day test shoot with a 3-D rig as opposed to shooting in 2-D and converting but called it 'a nightmare' due to bulky gear and restricted filmmaking options.
He said he's a firm believer in the conversion approach if done right, telling the Los Angeles Times recently: 'It's a new challenge and it's exciting.' 

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Chase scene: There were also some more futuristic bikes on set, with these riders appearing to be bearing the Red Skull symbol, Captain America's nemesis and leader of the Nazis' terrorist activities

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