It seems like Australia has become the new hub for Hollywood. While actors like Idris Elba, Zac Efron, Tilda Swinton, Paul Mescal, and Tom Hanks have been working on various productions in the country, joining the list is Matt Damon.
Yes, you read that right! Matt Damon has joined the cast of Thor: Love and Thunder, and the actor says he is thrilled to be spending time Down Under.
Damon secretly flew into Australia with his family in a private jet, which touched down in Sydney on Saturday afternoon. On arrival, they began 14 days of privately-arranged quarantine in New South Wales, ahead of production on Thor: Love and Thunder.
“I’m so excited that my family and I will be able to call Australia home for the next few months,” Matt Damon, 50, said. Adding, “Australian film crews are world-renowned for their professionalism and are a joy to work with. So the 14 days of quarantine will be well worth it.”
As The Good Will Hunting actor landed in Australia, he thanked the New South Wales and Australian Government for the ‘enormous support’ regarding his entry into the country.
Matt Damon is in Australia for his participation in the filming of Marvel’s highly-anticipated Thor: Love and Thunder.
While his role in Thor: Love and Thunder, which will be filmed under director, Taika Waititi remains a mystery, it’s worth noting that he previously made a very brief appearance in Thor: Ragnarok, playing an Asgardian actor portraying the God of Mischief in a stage play.
It may be that Damon will play the same actor again, but he may also be slated for a larger role.
Thor: Love and Thunder isn’t the first Marvel movie to be filmed in Australia, after Hemsworth’s Thor: Ragnarok was partially shot in southeast Queensland back in 2016.
Thor: Love and Thunder is the fourth installment in Marvel’s Thor storyline, which is due to be released in March 2022. The all-star ensemble features the likes of Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Chris Pratt, Tessa Thompson, and Christian Bale as the villainous Gorr the God Butcher.
The Thor: Love and Thunder production is expected to spend $178 million in the local economy, and the filming is expected to generate 2500 jobs in New South Wales and use the services of about 1650 businesses.
Matt Damon and his family have previously spent months in Australia, renting out a home in the Byron Bay area near friends Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky. If speculations are to be believed, Damon had been close to buying an Australian holiday getaway.