Here’s some surprising news: The Wolverine – previously slated to film in Japan, coinciding with the storyline – will now be primarily filmed in Sydney, Australia! Both the Herald Sun and Hugh Jackman (speaking to “Australia Today”) confirmed the news earlier today. You can check out the news story below, or watch the video featuring Hugh in costume as Jean Valjean; he also briefly talks about Les Miserables. The video can’t be embedded, so just click on the image above to watch it.
Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner, who helped secure the deal with 20th Century Fox when he flew to Los Angeles in January, said winning the film would generate more than 2000 jobs for Sydney.
“The Wolverine is expected to generate more than $80 million in production expenditure in NSW and create more than 720 jobs for NSW-based cast and crew, along with opportunities for 1200 extras,” he said.
“It is a testament to our screen industry that Hugh Jackman and his team have chosen to come back to Australia after such a positive experience making the X-Men Origins.”
The Federal Government has contributed $12.8 million to securing the film for Sydney, a bid that beat off Victoria as a possible location.
Although some production work is scheduled for the US, another $10 million worth of post-production work will be done here, especially visual effects. Both state and federal government incentives were provided to bring the film to Sydney.