MAYOR Karen Williams has invited film director Baz Luhrmann to consider the Redlands as a location for an Elvis Presley movie to star Tom Hanks.
The mayor's invitation comes after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that she had secured the Elvis project during a meeting with the legendary Australian director in London.
While filming of the Warner Bros. Pictures movie will be at the Gold Coast's Village Roadshow Studios it is understood that Luhrmann will visit Queensland later this year to scout for additional locations.
Tom Hanks is set to play the part of Colonel Tom Parker, Presley's lifelong manager.
Cr Williams said Redlands Coast had been proven to be a film-friendly city.
"Redlands Coast is renowned as an ideal film destination, with such high profile movies as Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Men Tell No Tales, The Chronicles of Narnia - The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Angelina Joilie's movie Unbroken and others having been filmed here," she said.
"The economic and reputation benefits alone of having a Baz Luhrmann movie about Elvis join the elite list would be great for our city."
Ms Palaszczuk said the Elvis production was expected to employ 900 Queenslanders in behind-the-scenes roles like set construction, catering and transportation and inject more than $105 million into the local economy.
"My government's strategy to attract major feature productions continues to deliver for Queensland's screen industry, bringing some of the biggest filmmakers in Hollywood to our shores," Ms Palaszczuk said.
"The continuous pipeline of major productions means the talented people working in Queensland's screen industry have an opportunity to work with a legend like Baz Luhrmann."
Other films recently produced in Queensland include Aquaman and Thor: Ragnark, the upcoming Dora the Explorer, and the 2020 release Godzilla vs Kong.
The premier said the succession of Queensland-made films showcased the state's tourism destinations, attracting thousands of visitors.
Luhrmann's movies include The Great Gatsby, Australia, Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet and Strictly Ballroom.
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