The Australian economy is expected to receive a $244 million injection during the filming of stuntman action drama The Fall Guy in Sydney, with Ryan Gosling to star in the Universal Pictures production.
The big-budget film has received $30 million via the federal government’s Location Incentive program, in addition to a further $14.5 million from the NSW government.
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher said the production would employ 1,000-plus Australian cast and crew, as well as more than 3,015 extras.
“Through the government’s investment in large-budget production, we are delivering more jobs, a strong economy and a stronger future for Australians,” he added.
The live-action film is inspired by the 1980s television show The Fall Guy (created by Glen A Larson), which centres around a Hollywood stunt man who side hustles as a bounty hunter to make ends meet.
The original series ran for more than 100 episodes between 1981 and 1986, and starred US actor Lee Majors in the lead role of Colt Seavers.
NSW Minister for the Arts Ben Franklin said New South Wales had become one of the most sought-after places to film major Hollywood films.
“From its sandy coastlines to its vast outback and vibrant cities, Sydney and New South Wales has everything a filmmaker needs to transport the audience to another world,” Franklin said.
“New South Wales has the most talented film experts in the country for these productions, and I am so proud we have secured The Fall Guy with up to $14.5 million in support through our $175 million Made in NSW fund and in partnership with the federal government, which will boost our local economy by creating jobs and supporting local businesses.”
The production marks the return of Universal Pictures to Australia after the company spent time in Queensland last year filming Ol Parker’s rom-com Ticket to Paradise.
“Universal is thrilled to return to Australia and base in NSW for the highly-anticipated film The Fall Guy,” Universal Pictures’ president, physical production, Jeff LaPlante said.
“The filmmakers and the Universal team are looking forward to working alongside the talented local crews to make this project a reality.”
The news comes several weeks after it was announced Ozark actress Julia Garner would be coming Down Under to star in Kitty Green's thriller The Royal Hotel and Godzilla vs Kong would return to film a sequel in Queensland.
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