Sydney set to host major Hollywood movie

Published 24th February, 2014 in Arts & Culture, Economy

Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner announced that NSW has secured production of the major international film Gods of Egypt, which will star Gerard Butler and Geoffrey Rush and begins filming in Sydney late next month.

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Sydney to star in major Hollywood movie

The highly coveted production was secured with financial assistance from the NSW Trade & Investment's State Investment Attraction Scheme, and is expected to contribute an estimated 400 jobs and around $75 million to the NSW economy.

Set in mythical ancient Egypt, the large scale adventure-epic will star Academy Award-winning Australian actor Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech) alongside Gerard Butler (300), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) and rising Australian stars Brenton Thwaites and Courtney Eaton. Australian writer, producer and director Alex Proyas will make the new film.

Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner said: “The NSW Government has worked hard to put the State on the international film production map over the past three years”.

Gods of Egypt comes to NSW hot on the heels of Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken and as we see the success of multi-Oscar nominated The Great Gatsby and the recently released The LEGO Movie, which was made here in Sydney and has been a huge box office hit internationally.”

“These productions have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in NSW, including substantial amounts in regional areas, creating hundreds of jobs.

Gods of Egypt is being produced by Proyas and Basil Iwanyk, and will be distributed by Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE (NYSE:LGF) company.

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Published 24th February, 2014 in Arts & Culture, Economy