Dwayne Johnson will shoot the earthquake disaster epic San Andreas 3D at locations around the southeast corner in April next year. Source: Supplied
HOLLYWOOD star Dwayne Johnson, known as “The Rock” to his pro wrestling fans, is coming to Queensland.
The Courier-Mail can reveal the high-profile wrestler turned actor will begin shooting $100 million earthquake disaster epic San Andreas 3D at locations around the southeast corner in April next year.
The decision by producers Warner Bros and New Line to film part of the movie in the Sunshine State is a major coup for Screen Queensland, which has lurched from one issue to another over recent years.
It comes after Hollywood royalty Angelina Jolie recently spent time in Queensland directing World War II survival story, Unbroken.
Arts Minister Ian Walker yesterday confirmed Johnson would be coming to Queensland after the movie received financial aid from both the state and federal governments.
Federal Minister for the Arts George Brandis said securing big budget films using tax incentives helped provide both training and development opportunities for the industry.
“They also create tremendous opportunities for a broad range of industries such as transport, catering, construction and the wider hospitality industry,” he said.
Between ongoing wrestling commitments, Johnson has recently finished filming Hercules: The Thracian Wars and has previously starred in The Scorpion King and Fast & the Furious 6.
San Andreas 3D tells the story of a helicopter pilot attempting to rescue his daughter after an earthquake hits California.
The movie will be directed by Brad Peyton, whose credits include Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, which also starred Johnson.
Along with Village Roadshow’s Gold Coast studios, the film will also be shot at locations in Brisbane and Ipswich.
The movie is expected to pump $30 million into the Queensland economy, employ about 170 local production crew and have roles for up to 2600 on-screen extras.
The financial deal was struck through Screen Queensland’s production incentive scheme, payroll tax relief and Federal Government film incentives.
The Rock, who is of Samoan extraction, has previously spoken of his early life in New Zealand and his love of rugby union.