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COAST’S MOVIE PREMIERE COUP

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - AMY PRICE

THE Gold Coast has scored an­other movie coup with Warner Bros. con­firm­ing the Aus­tralian red car­pet premiere of lo­cally filmed su­per­hero flick Aqua­man next month.

The first Aus­tralian screen­ing of the film will be held here on December 18, ahead of a fan event in Syd­ney the fol­low­ing day.

While the Hol­ly­wood stu­dio was yet to con­firm yes­ter­day which of the film’s stars would re­turn to Queens­land for the premiere, in­dus­try sources spec­u­lated it would be head­lined by the film’s Aus­tralian di­rec­tor James Wan as well as tit­u­lar star Ja­son Mo­moa and Mera’s Am­ber Heard.

It is part of a nine-city global tour for the film, which will be­gin in big movie mar­ket Beijing on Novem­ber 18 be­fore a world premiere in Lon­don on Novem­ber 26. The US premiere will take place in Los An­ge­les on December 12.

“Through­out the tour, Wan and the cast will par­tic­i­pate in live-stream ac­tiv­i­ties and en­gage fans at events and through so­cial me­dia,” Warner Bros said in a state­ment.

The Gold Coast premiere will also be at­tended by the film’s lo­cal crew mem­bers, who worked on the $220mil­lion DC Comics film dur­ing the six-month shoot on the Gold Coast last year.

Pre­mier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk wel­comed Warner Bros’ an­nounce­ment.

“It’s great to see an­other homegrown premiere on the Gold Coast,” Ms Palaszczuk said

It is un­der­stood Screen Queens­land was in on­go­ing dis­cus­sions with Warner Bros and dis­trib­u­tors Road­show Films to host the Aus­tralian premiere in the state, con­sid­er­ing the sup­port and in­vest­ment put in lo­cally.

It comes after Event Cin­e­mas Robina hosted a premiere of Queens­land­filmed Mar­vel movie Thor: Rag­narok last year, which was at­tended by the film’s star Chris Hemsworth after he was sent a per­sonal in­vi­ta­tion by Ms Palaszczuk.

Aqua­man, which hits Aus­tralian cin­e­mas on December 26, also stars Yahya Ab­dul-Ma­teen II as Black Manta, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Dolph Lund­gren as King Nereus and Nicole Kid­man as Aqua­man’s mother, Queen At­lanna.

Pic­ture: EN­TER­TAIN­MENT WEEKLY

Ja­son Mo­moa as Aqua­man – the film will make its Aussie premiere in the city where it was shot – the Gold Coast.

Pic­ture: NIGEL HAL­LETT

Ja­son Mo­moa look­ing su­per re­laxed at Cur­rumbin Al­ley while on the Coast to shoot the film.

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