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Is Australia Becoming the New Hollywood?

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George Clooney and Julia Roberts’ new film, “Ticket to Paradise” will join other Hollywood productions in filming in Australia. According to Variety, the Universal Pictures film will receive a $6.4 million dollar grant from the Australian government to film Down Under.

Clooney and Roberts star as a divorced couple who rush to Bali to stop their daughter from getting married on her post grad vacation. They hope they can convince her to not repeat the same mistake they made 25 years prior.

While the producers have yet to cast Clooney and Roberts’ daughter, Lily. Billie Lourd is in talks to play the daughter’s best friend, Wren. Wren accompanies Lily to Bali after the two graduate from the University of Chicago. While Lily’s engagement festivities ramp up, Wren finds love with a local doctor.

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Ol Parker will direct the film from a script that he co-wrote. Previously, Parker directed, “Mama Mia! Here We Go Again,” starring Meryl Streep.

“Ticket to Paradise” will share Australia with “Thor: Love and Thunder,” who began filming there earlier this year. Additionally, “Three Thousand Years of Longing,” the upcoming George Miller film, also began production in Australia. The NBC series “Young Rock,” that follows the story of Dwayne Johnson’s childhood, wrapped production Down Under last November. Meanwhile, the upcoming Joe Exotic limited series is also set to film in Australia.

Australia is quickly coming a hot spot for Hollywood productions. Perhaps it’s because of the governments financial incentives to film there. Or perhaps it’s been a safer location during the pandemic. Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich told Variety:

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We are very lucky to have a COVID-safe destination where people can film right now and luckily not be subjected to delays or shutdowns and as well they can have an amazing lifestyle while they’re here.