Why Thor's hammer keeps coming back to our coast
THOR is known for travelling between worlds, but our own Northern Rivers god Chris Hemsworth may be hanging around home for a while to film the next instalment of his Marvel comic hit.
Our resident Asgardian has been calling Broken Head home since laying down the hammer on the secluded $7 million Kooeloah property in September last year.
Since then, the Hollywood hero has been regularly spotted at cafes, shops, parks and restaurants in Lennox Head and Byron Bay.
The Federal Government has just thrown $47.25 million at two major Hollywood blockbusters to entice the production companies to film on our shore.
Both Fox and Marvel Studios' Thor: Ragnarok and Ridley Scott's next Alien instalment, Paradise Lost, have since confirmed filming will take place in Australia next year.
"I want to say a huge thank you to the Federal Government," Hemsworth says in the video tweeted to Julie Bishop.
"Particularly, for the Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, and Minister for the Arts, Mitch Fifield, for making it possible for Thor: Ragnarok to shoot here in Australia.
"I'm incredibly excited to be coming back home to work and here with our extremely talented production industry which I think is one of the best in the world.
"It's fantastic to see the government and the Prime Minister supporting our creative industries. I look forward to introducing my Marvel friends to this beautiful country of ours."
The films are expected to bring more than $300 million in offshore investment to Australia's economy, provide more than 3000 jobs and use the services of thousands of Australian businesses.
Hemsworth will swing the hammer as the Norse God of thunder again, along with fellow Avengers actor Mark Ruffalo, who plays the Hulk, Tom Hiddleston, who play's Thors not-so-nice adopted brother Loki and Jaimie Alexander, who plays Norse goddess Sif.
New Zealand director Taika Waititi has signed on to director Thor: Ragnarok.