Warner Bros. brings Elvis to Village Roadshow

Thursday 23 May, 2019 | By: Ella Schalch and Trade & Investment Queensland

A major Warner Bros. production on the life of Elvis Presley is coming to the Gold Coast, bringing Oscar-winning stars and more than $105 million to Queensland.

Baz Luhrmann’s so far untitled Elvis Presley biopic will be filmed at Village Roadshow Studios and is expected to employ 900 locals in behind-the-scenes roles, including set construction, catering and transportation.

The local economy is predicted to benefit from an injection of more than $105 million.

Oscar winner Tom Hanks will feature in the role of Presley’s lifelong manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

Director Baz Luhrmann said he and his team were committed to developing Queensland’s creative culture and supporting filmmakers, storytellers and artists of all kinds.

‘Australia continues to be one of the great film-making locations in the world, where we’ve created everything from Paris cabarets to the Jazz Age in New York,’ he said.

‘Since shooting significant portions of the film Australia in Queensland, I’ve been excited to get back to such a conducive creative environment to realise this film.’

Other high-profile films produced in Queensland include Aquaman and Thor: Ragnarök, and the upcoming Dora the Explorer and Godzilla vs Kong.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk met with Luhrmann in London to secure the Presley movie during a recent trade mission and said she was looking forward to welcoming the Warner Bros. production to the Gold Coast.

‘The continuous pipeline of major productions means the talented people working in Queensland’s screen industry have an opportunity to work with a legend like Baz Luhrmann,’ she said.

Queensland offers a range of world-class production facilities, with the Village Roadshow Studios catering to blockbusters and Screen Queensland’s new Hemmant facility suitable for smaller productions.

Baz Luhrmann is Australia’s most commercially successful director, responsible for 4 of the 10 Australian films that have grossed the highest proceeds worldwide.

Increasing foreign direct investment in Queensland is one of the key goals of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

This article was originally published on Trade & Investment Queensland

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