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Ryan Gosling heads to Australia as big film projects are announced

Ryan Gosling is on his way to Australia! (Image: PBG/AP)

Hollywood star Ryan Gosling will travel to Sydney to film Universal’s live action feature The Fall Guy.

The film is based on the Glen A. Larson television series of the same name, which starred Lee Majors as a Hollywood stuntman who makes ends meet with a side hustle as a bounty hunter.

The project is expected to add more than $244 million to the local economy, the federal government announced on Tuesday, and is one of a series of big-budget film and television projects set to be produced in Australia.

The Fall Guy is expected to employ over 1,000 local cast and crew and over 3,000 Australian extras.

To attract the production to Australia, Universal received $30 million from the Federal Localization Incentive Scheme, as well as $14.5 million from the state government’s Made in NSW fund.

Meanwhile, Disney will make nine new shows in Australia and New Zealand for release on Disney+ in 2022/23.

The production slate includes three dramas, including The Clearing, inspired by the real-life Australian cult The Family and its leader Anne Hamilton-Byrne.

There’s also The Artful Dodger, an eight-episode series set in 1850s Australia based on Charles Dickens’ famous Dodger, and Last Days of the Space Age, a comedy-drama set in the 1970s in which an American space station crashes near Perth.

Disney has also commissioned two women’s soccer documentaries: Fearless: The Inside Story of the AFLW and Matildas: The World at Our Feet.

The shows are part of a first wave of Australian and New Zealand production, Disney said during the announcement in Sydney on Tuesday, with future shows to be shot locally in various stages of development.

“Disney is arguably the most creative storytelling engine in the world, and in this wave of local productions, we’ve fueled our creative processes in partnership with Australian production companies,” Disney’s Kylie Watson-Wheeler said in a statement. communicated.

“The opportunities are endless, especially in young adult comedies, comedies and romantic comedies, which our audience never tires of.”

Disney won’t put a figure on the overall budget for the new production slate, but notes that it has funding from Screen Australia for one show, Shipwreck Hunters Australia, as well as money from the WA Museum and the government of Australia. Western Australia.

The Federal Government has committed over $400 million through the Localization Incentive Scheme to attract 33 international productions to film in Australia.

This should generate $3 billion in private investment and create more than 21,000 jobs.

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