The Courier-Mail

A LIVELY TRIUMPH

- SUZANNE SIMONOT

GOSSIP Girl star Blake Lively will be the next Hollywood A-lister to call the Gold Coast home when cameras begin rolling on a new shark thriller in November.

Premier and Minister for the Arts Annastacia Palaszczuk will today announce Columbia Pictures’ feature film The Shallows as the latest internatio­nal movie to base production at Village Roadshow Studios at Oxenford.

Lively, most recently seen opposite Harrison Ford in The Age of Adaline, has reportedly signed on to star in the film, described as Jaws meets 127 Hours.

The survival thriller casts Lively, 28 (pictured), as a young woman forced to battle a sadistic shark that traps her on a buoy 20m from shore. The role is considered a tour-deforce opportunit­y for the talented young actress.

The production is expected to use the studio’s three water tanks, including the main 1200sq m outdoor tank – the largest purpose-built film water tank in Australia.

It is not known if Lively will be joined in Australia by her actor husband Ryan Reynolds, star of Marvel’s new film Deadpool, and their eight-month old daughter James.

Ms Palaszczuk said The Shallows was expected to employ 130 crew.

Ms Palaszczuk said the film would showcase “Queensland’s stunning beaches”.

The Premier, who met with representa­tives from Marvel Studios during her recent trade mission to the US, said The Shallows was one of several internatio­nal production­s the Government had been working to secure.

The Shallows is the second thriller to announce it will base production at Village Roadshow, with The Nest 3D due to start filming at the studios and on location in southeast Queensland from October.

Arclight Films is expected to employ 150 Queensland­ers and spend more than $10 million filming the horror feature.

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