Aussie heartthrob Chris Hemsworth is about to descend on the Gold Coast with production on his new Netflix sci-fi film to start here this month.
Escape from Spiderhead will provide another huge boost to the local film industry, creating 360 jobs on the Gold Coast and pumping an estimated $47 million into the local economy.
The film will be directed by Joseph Kosinski whose work includes Top Gun: Maverick and Tron: Legacy.
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Adapted from a George Saunders short story and set in a near future where convicts opt to reduce prison time by participating in experimental drug trials, Escape from Spiderhead centres on an inmate played by Hemsworth who tries to out-smart his overseers to save himself and a female inmate he’s come to love, played by Jurnee Smollett.
Premier Annastacia Palazczuk says the film will go a long way to helping the state bounce back from COVID.
“We’re working hard to secure productions like this for the Gold Coast because we know they create local jobs and pump cash into local businesses,” the Premier said.
“As Europe and America continues to struggle with the pandemic, Queensland’s reputation as a world-class film destination, alongside global recognition as a safe environment for filmmaking, has led to unprecedented demand to produce projects here.
“Because we’ve managed the health here in Queensland, we’re now able to capitalise on that demand and focus on rebuilding our economy.”
Gaven MP Meaghan Scanlon says the Gold Coast continues to benefit from the signing of big blockbusters.
“Growing this industry has huge potential to create more locals jobs on the Gold Coast – from caterers to cleaners through to cast, crew and administration officers.
“This production also has global appeal. Having beautiful images of the Gold Coast beamed into millions of homes around the world will help to ensure the Coast remains front-of-mind for prospective tourists once it’s safe to accept visitors again.”
Netflix is yet to set a date for the film to be released but it’s likely to be some way down the track.