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'SpongeBob 2' Plunges Ahead: Banderas Dives In, Filming Begins Soon

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By Alexandra Ward   |   Monday, 23 Sep 2013 01:14 PM

Though the upcoming "SpongeBob SquarePants 2" will be mostly animated, the movie's live-action scenes are scheduled to start filming in coastal Georgia next week and Antonio Banderas has signed on to play a pirate.

"SpongeBob 2," the sequel to 2004's "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie," will begin shooting on Tybee Island, Ga., on Sept. 30 with some additional scenes to film in Savannah at the beginning of October, according to The Savannah Morning News.

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"This is going to be one of those films that every kid in the world is going to want to see and their parents are going to have to take them," Jay Self of the Savannah Film Office told the Morning News in July.

The first film, which grossed more than $140 million worldwide, featured David Hasselhoff in the live-action scenes.

The film is based on the popular Nickelodeon cartoon about the underwater world of Bikini Bottom with all its residents, including the title character.

Fans seemed excited about the sequel and took to Twitter to discuss it.

"SpongeBob SquarePants 2" is scheduled to hit theaters in February 2015.

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