The top-rating U.S. comedy hit Young Rock will return to Queensland when shooting begins later this month for season two.
Following a successful shoot on the first season of Young Rock, about the life of wrestler-turned-acting-megastar Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, out of Brisbane’s Screen Queensland Studios, the second season will film on location around South-East Queensland and at Village Roadshow Studios, while Joe Exotic, also for Universal Studios Group, continues production at Screen Queensland Studios.
Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich said the return of the popular comedy series, via the Queensland Government’s Production Attraction Strategy, was good news for the state, injecting an estimated $27 million into the economy and creating approximately 250 jobs for local cast and crew.
“We are thrilled to welcome back Universal Studios Group for Season 2 of one of the year’s highest rating shows in the U.S..
“I would like to sincerely thank Universal Studios Group for once again choosing Queensland and our expert local crew and talented actors, to play a lead part in bringing Dwayne Johnson’s fascinating life story to screen.”
“This family-friendly, coming-of-age comedy has South-East Queensland doubling for Hawaii, Pennsylvania and Miami in the 80s and 90s, so the range of locations on offer, alongside our ideal climate, is definitely on display in Young Rock.”
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Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the return of Young Rock to Australian shores will inject more than $47 million into the Australian economy.
Minister Fletcher said:
“The Young Rock sequel is providing employment for more than 300 Australian cast and crew, and more than 1,200 Australian extras.
“NBCUniversal continuing their pipeline of work in Australia, including La Brea, Joe Exotic and Irreverent, is a testament to our talented screen sector. This steady line of work means crews that worked on Young Rock Season 1 will be able to return to season two in senior roles with increasingly prominent international credits.”
The production of Young Rock Season 1 in Queensland injected an estimated $33.8 million into the economy, and created more than 300 jobs for local cast and crew.
The first season of Young Rock filmed at Screen Queensland Studios in Hemmant from August 2020 to February 2021, and on location at Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane Airport, The Old Museum at Bowen Hills, Mount Gravatt Lookout, Queensland Art Gallery, The Tivoli in Fortitude Valley, QUT Garden’s Point, Iona College, Redcliffe Dolphins Football Club, Carlo’s Naples Pizza Restaurant in Strathpine, Tempest Restaurant in Scarborough and Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast.
Young Rock Season 1 premiered on NBC in the U.S. in February 2021 and was released in May on Australian screens on Foxtel and streaming on Binge.
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