Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk praises the “tireless” work of all involved to attract the newest installment of the hugely successful Thor franchise to Queensland.
ALEX HEINKE reports.
Thor: Ragnarok, the third installment of the Marvel Studios’ franchise starring Australia’s Chris Hemsworth as the hammer-wielding comic book Super Hero, has today been confirmed to start pre-production in January 2016 with filming to begin in June 2016.
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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk met with Marvel executives in June in Los Angeles and, through film body Screen Queensland, worked tirelessly to ensure Queensland was the production destination of choice.
“This is a huge win for Queensland and I am thrilled that Thor will be filming exclusively in our state,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“As our economy diversifies, Queensland is demonstrating its strength as a lead destination for filmmakers both internationally and locally, and my government is doing what it can to ensure that Queensland remains a global hub for the screen sector.
“The production will spend more than $100 million AUD in Queensland and will employ over 750 Queensland crew.”
“Queensland offers an amazing and diverse backdrop for Thor: Ragnarok and we are very excited to bring this film to such an incredible locale. Marvel Studios would like to thank the Queensland Government for helping to make this a reality,” said Louis D’Esposito, Co-President of Marvel Studios.
The studio will film throughout Queensland in a variety of location including scenes at Village Roadshow Studios at the Gold Coast.
The movies is expected to bring thousands of job and millions of dollars to the local economy.
Disney has slated a November 3, 2017 U.S. release date for Thor: Ragnarok.