It’s all about family. Australian A-lister Chris Hemsworth says the next Thor film is set to be filmed at Fox Studios in Sydney this year, making his wife and kids happy.
Speaking to reporters after the announcement on Friday afternoon, Hemsworth said working on the previous Thor blockbuster in Australia had solidified his desire to shoot in his home country more often, and will make his wife 43-year-old wife Elsa Pataky “happy”.
“Being able to stay at home and put the kids to bed in their own home as opposed to dragging them across the globe to various hotels is, as a parent, hugely important,” the Byron Bay local said.
“My wife’s certainly happy.”
Pataky and Hemsworth have three children India, 7, and five-year-old twin sons Sasha and Tristan.
Hemsworth joined federal Arts Minister Paul Fletcher and his NSW counterpart, Don Harwin, to make the announcement at Moore Park.
Mr Fletcher said the film was expected to contribute $178 million to the local economy and create up to 2500 jobs.
Thor: Love and Thunder, the next instalment in the booming Marvel series, will also feature Thor’s on-screen love interest Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman.
The film will also feature American actress Tessa Thompson and will be directed by New Zealand’s Taika Waititi.
It will be filmed at Fox after the federal government agreed in April to provide a $24 million subsidy to Disney to film a major movie at the Sydney studios.
Disney took ownership of Fox studios in March, as part of its acquisition of 21st Century Fox.
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In Love and Thunder, Portman will take her role further, with Marvel revealing at last weekend’s Comic-Con that Portman will actually wield the mighty Mjolnir as the new Thor – goddess of thunder.
It will be the second Thor movie to be filmed in Australia. Thor: Ragnarok, released in 2017 and also directed by Waititi, was filmed at Queensland’s Village Roadshow Studios.
Friday’s announcement follows the news that NSW will also host filming for Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
The company’s vice president of physical production, David Grant, said filming both movies in Sydney meant back-to-back, continuous employment for film crews “who have not seen that for many a year”.
“Additionally as part of the support for being here, we are going to create a film trainee program for paid trainees in every department on the film,” he told reporters.
“It is our goal to find and create that next generation of Australian filmmakers.”
Outside of Thor, Hemsworth has the opportunity to pick up another role in the state after receiving an impromptu job offer during Friday’s press conference.
“Will you be in our graduate project?” a film student yelled.
“Sure … meet you out back,” the actor jokingly replied.
Thor: Love and Thunder is due for release in 2021.