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Film legend Baz Luhrmann will film his next blockbuster in Queensland, delving into the life of Elvis Presley.

Despite Presley having never visited Australia, Luhrmann will make a biopic on the life of the King at Village Roadshow on the Gold Coast.

"He is bringing a bit of Memphis to Mudgeeraba, a bit of Graceland to Gaven, in summer we can certainly bring the sultry humidity of the deep south," Premier Annastacia
Palaszczuk said.

The role of Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis' manager and a key part of the film, will be played by dual Oscar winner Tom Hanks.

The actor to play Presley will be chosen after a worldwide search, overseen by Luhrmann.

The film will explore the life and music of Presley, including his rise to fame and his impact on the world, while also delving into his complicated relationship with his manager, Colonel
Parker.

Luhrmann's hits have included Romeo and Juliet, The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge and Strictly Ballroom.

Luhrmann, who was born in Sydney, said Australia continued to be one of the great filmmaking locations in the world.

"[It's] where we've created everything from Paris cabarets to the jazz age in New York," he said.

"Since shooting significant portions of the film Australia in Queensland, I've been excited to get back to such a conducive creative environment to realise this film.

"Along with CM [costume designer Catherine Martin, Luhrmann's wife] and my entire team, I am committed to not only making the film, but also developing Queensland's creative
culture and supporting filmmakers, storytellers and artists of all kinds, in the same manner that we ourselves were supported and mentored early in our careers."

Ms Palaszczuk said the deal came about after she received an urgent message during her trade mission to Britain last month.
"Could I change my schedule to meet a legend of Hollywood and Australia who wanted to fly immediately from New York to meet me in London?" she said.

"I agreed - we met - and now the deal has been done."

Ms Palaszczuk said the production on the film, which was yet to be titled, was expected to employ 900 Queenslanders in roles including set construction, catering and costume
design.

"It is expected to inject more than $105 million into the Queensland economy," she said.

"It doesn't just offer work for Queenslanders, it offers opportunities for actors from other parts of the world to come and visit Queensland."
Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate said filming would start before the end of 2019.

"I'm all shook up about this announcement," he said.

"Tom Hanks ... look forward to having a cup of coffee with him and understand a little bit more about his enthusiasm about filmmaking."

Ms Palaszczuk said there were more than 340 film and video production, post-production and digital game businesses in Queensland.

"We are home to the largest sound stage in the southern hemisphere," she said, making the announcement in Parliament on Wednesday morning.

"We have had 16 major international productions supported by Screen Queensland through the Production Attraction Strategy since 2015 creating more than 5500 jobs."

Films made in Queensland in recent years include Godzilla vs. Kong, Aquaman, San Andreas and Thor: Ragnarok.

Ms Palaszczuk said she was passionate about Queensland's screen industry, which injected billions of dollars into the economy.

"You might say I have a burning love for it," she said.

Originating Source - Sydney Morning Herald

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ELVIS BLOCKBUSTER TO BE FILMED IN AUSTRALIA