Wednesday, February 26, 2014

NEWS: Gods of Egypt a Hollywood blockbuster

FIRST there was The Great Gatsby, then The Lego Movie and Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. 

Now Sydney will be the backdrop for another Hollywood blockbuster — mythical adventure movie Gods of Egypt, starring Gerard Butler, Geoffrey Rush and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. The $75 million prodcution also stars rising Australian actor Brenton Thwaites and Courtney Eaton. 

The “adventure epic” centres on young thief Bek (Thwaites) who joins the mythical god Horus (Coster-Waldau) on a quest through the palaces and pyramids of ancient Egypt where they encounter the Sun god Ra (Rush) and the dark god Set (Buytler) whom they must prevail against to “rescue Bek’s one true love from the afterlife”, according to a recent synopsis.

Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner will announce today that the Gods of Egypt production has been secured for Sydney, after competition with Melbourne, and the NSW Government helped secure the production through NSW Trade & Investment’s State Investment Attraction Scheme. 

“Securing the production of Gods of Egypt for NSW will create an estimated 400 jobs in the local film industry and contribute around $75 million in direct production expenditure to the NSW economy,” he said. 

“The NSW Government has worked hard to put the state on the international film production map over the past three years. 

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

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