‘Thor: Ragnarok' filming starts June in Australia; locations revealed

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Cast member Chris Hemsworth poses at the premiere of "Thor: The Dark World" at El Capitan theatre in Hollywood, California November 4, 2013. The movie opens in the U.S. on November 8.
Cast member Chris Hemsworth poses at the premiere of "Thor: The Dark World" at El Capitan theatre in Hollywood, California November 4, 2013. The movie opens in the U.S. on November 8. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

The production team of “Thor: Ragnarok” is heading to Australia, lead star Chris Hemsworth’s home country. Very few details have been revealed so far regarding the third Marvel instalment; however, some parts of the country where filming will take place have been revealed.

Queensland is the main destination of filming, according to a statement released by Marvel posted by Movieweb. Production will reportedly take place throughout Queensland, with some scenes to be shot at Village Roadshow Studios at the Gold Coast.  

Filming will officially start in June 2016 with pre-production happening in January. Louis D'Esposito, co-president of Marvel Studios, said Queensland was their choice of country since it “offers an amazing and diverse backdrop for 'Thor: Ragnarok.'”  

"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,” D'Esposito said in the statement posted by Movieweb.

Australia’s Hon. Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs, also shared her gratitude to Marvel for choosing Australia as its main filming location for “Thor: Ragnarok.” In a press statement, Bishop announced her delight in welcoming the production team into the country as it will not only help boost tourism but also Australia’s economic growth as well as support its local movie companies. 

“Australia’s creative industries are well placed to take advantage of a growing global economy and I have been actively promoting Australia for the production of major international films. Our high-quality facilities, leading industry experts, outstanding creative talent and diverse landscapes have given us an exceptional reputation as a world-class destination. We are delighted to secure these two high-profile international films that will support economic growth and innovation in Australia’s world-leading local production industry,” she said.

Aside from “Thor: Ragnarok," Bishop announced that another Hollywood blockbuster movie will also be filming in Australia in 2016. Sir Ridley Scott’s production team for the 20th Century Fox film, titled “Alien: Paradise Lost,” will also be heading to The Land Down Under.

According to Bishop, the movie projects will also help Australian actors and crew enhance their skills in producing high-quality films for the country.

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