Escape from Spiderhead is set in the near future, in which convicts can reduce prison time by participating in experimental drug trials. In this world, an inmate played by Chris Hemsworth tries to outsmart the authorities to save himself and a female inmate (Jurnee Smollett), who he loves. It is written by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, who wrote both Deadpool movies, so expect action + comedy in spades.
“Screen Queensland is thrilled to welcome this Netflix Original production, starring homegrown A-lister Chris Hemsworth, alongside co-stars Miles Teller and Jurnee Smollett, into our backyard,” said Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich.
“In cooperation with the Queensland Government, Screen Queensland has worked hard to ensure producers and filmmakers around the globe appreciate the significant advantages of filming in Queensland, particularly in the current climate.
“What we offer is a winning combination of local talent and expertise, a wide spectrum of locations, competitive incentives and first-rate safety, and our project pipeline keeps on growing as a result.”
According Queensland Premiere Annastacia Palaszczuk, the production will employ 360 local cast and crew and bring in $47 million into the local economy.
This announcement follows other recent international productions that have made Queensland their home, including TV series Young Rock, Joe Exotic and Irreverent, plus Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis project starring Tom Hanks.
Following the success (popularity, not so much critical) of Extraction, it looks like Chris Hemsworth and Netflix make great bedfellows, and with the actor and his family living just down the road in Byron Bay, Escape from Spiderhead could be the first of many productions that the actor is associated with that are shot in his backyard.
Photo: Chris Hemsworth on set at Village Roadshow Studios for the feature film Thor: Ragnarok (2017)