The fourth instalment of Marvel’s Thor series will be filmed in New South Wales, with the production set to create up to 2,500 jobs.
The film, Thor: Love and Thunder, will begin production in Sydney in March and is expected to see $178 million invested in the NSW economy, according to the minister for communications and the arts, Paul Fletcher.
He appeared in Sydney today with Thor star Chris Hemsworth to make the announcement.
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The film, which will star Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, is also expected to use the services of around 1,650 businesses.
“Australia has an ongoing relationship with Marvel Studios and I'm very pleased they will return to our shores again next year to take advantage of our world-leading screen industry for the next instalment of the “Thor” franchise,” Fletcher said.
Additionally, the Disney-owned Marvel Studios will offer a trainee program to boost Australia’s next generation of film talent, working with the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA), the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and universities in order to fill skills shortages.
NSW minister for the arts, Don Harwin, said the state offers the “complete package” of skilled workers and a “spectacular location”.
“This announcement means Marvel Studios will be producing films in Sydney for the next few years and follows the recent announcement of a new Australian studio for Industrial Light and Magic, Disney's famed visual effects and post-production company.”
Thor 4 will be directed by Taika Waititi, who directed Thor: Ragnarok in Queensland in 2016.
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