Eagle Street in Brisbane will be transformed into Tokyo for the next blockbuster to be filmed in Queensland.
Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, starring John Boyega — best known for his lead role as rogue stormtrooper Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens — will be filmed on Eagle Street in Brisbane next year.
It’s just the latest ‘role’ for Brisbane on the big screen. Earlier this year, the corner of Mary and Albert Streets was transformed into New York for Thor: Ragnarok, which brought superstars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Anthony Hopkins to the CBD.
Brisbane has also doubled for California in Dwayne Johnson’s San Andreas and an unnamed futuristic US city in Ethan Hawke’s Daybreakers.
Tokyo, on the other hand, is notoriously difficult to film in, and has been ‘played’ by numerous cities on-screen. Most recently, the live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, which is presumably set in Tokyo, was filmed in Wellington and Hong Kong.
While Eagle Street won’t be transformed into Tokyo until 2017, it is believed that some filming for Pacific Rim: Maelstrom has already taken place near the Port of Brisbane very recently.
At the very least, Boyega was definitely in Brisbane on the weekend — the charismatic star, who will play the son of Idris Elba’s character Stacker Pentecost in the Pacific Rim sequel, has been keeping his fans up to date with his movements on Instagram.
Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, directed by Steven S DeKnight (Netflix’s Daredevil) and produced by Guillermo del Toro, also stars Scott Eastwood (Fast 8) and Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia).
Parts of the film will also be shot on the Gold Coast.
Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Pacific Rim coup is testament to the state’s pulling power for international productions.
“Queensland once again rolls out the red carpet for an international production drawn to our locations, talent and experience,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“Pacific Rim 2 will employ 270 Queensland crew. This repeat business is testament to Queensland’s creative and technical capability and provides jobs and new money into the Queensland economy.”
The Premier said Legendary Pictures’ decision to film Pacific Rim 2 in Queensland is the result of her ongoing relationship with the studio.
“I met with Legendary Pictures in Los Angeles last year and it is because of this relationship and their recent positive experience filming Kong: Skull Island that they are bringing more business to Queensland,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“My Government is committed to the long-term future of Queensland’s screen industry and we’re developing incredible momentum with a string of international and local productions shooting in our state.
“Pacific Rim 2 follows on from back-to-back major blockbusters that have shot in Queensland including the recently wrapped Thor: Ragnarok, Jungle with Daniel Radcliffe, Kong: Skull Island, The Shallows, Nest, Pirates of the Caribbean and San Andreas, along with domestic productions including Flammable Children and the second series of The Family Law.”
Pacific Rim: Maelstrom is slated for release in February 2018.