Production on Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic is expected to resume on the Gold Coast soon with talks continuing to allow the cameras to start rolling again.
It comes after reports one of the movie’s stars has been spotted back on the Glitter Strip, sparking talk that work is not far away.
While there’s been no sign yet of Hollywood legend Tom Hanks, Austin Butler, who will play the role of Elvis Presley has reportedly been sighted around Broadbeach over the last week.
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Filming was brought to a grinding halt in March when Hanks, who will play Presley’s manager in the film, and his wife Rita Wilson were diagnosed with COVID-19 on the Gold Coast.
The couple spent several days in isolation at the Gold Coast University Hospital before returning to the US, while Village Roadshow studios at Oxenford was shut down.
The forced shutdown was a huge blow to the local film industry with the production expected to employ 900 people and inject more than $100 million into the local economy.
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At the time, Luhrmann committed to returning to the Gold Coast, even leaving sets in place to allow a quick restart with insiders previously flagging August as the likely date for production to recommence.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says they hope to be able to give the green light “as soon as possible.”
“We are working very closely with Baz Luhrmann to recommence filming of the new Elvis,” The Premier told State Parliament.
“I’ve already had a meeting with Mr Luhrmann and I can say that it’s hundreds of jobs and on the Gold Coast.”
Screen Queensland is working with Queensland Health on an industry-wide COVID-safe plan that is expected to be released shortly.
It’s not clear how the shutdown of Australia’s international borders will affect plans to restart production.
The Premier also confirmed that filming on the second season of the The Bureau of Magical Things will resume this month on the Gold Coast.
The production will employ more than 200 cast and crew and is expected to inject more than $8.5 million into the Queensland economy.