The filming of Thor: Ragnarok in Australia wasn’t a coincidence as it turns out that Chris Hemsworth requested the film be shot there.
The upcoming third film in the Thor franchise is the first Marvel Studios property to be filmed in Australia and it was thanks to Thor himself that it all came together.
Hemsworth was born in Australia and currently resides there, making a shoot in the location an incredibly attractive proposition for the actor. The life of an in-demand star like Hemsworth will see him away from home more often than not so he jumped at the chance to ask Marvel about bringing Thor to Oz. Luckily for Hemsworth, Marvel said okay.
“I asked if we could shoot in Australia and thankfully the Marvel guys said they would look into it but couldn’t promise anything. To me, to be home again for more than two weeks would be fantastic. And it worked out. It was so good.”
Thor: Ragnarok was filmed on Australia’s Gold Coast from July to October in 2016.
In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk.
Thor: Ragnarok is being directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) and features Marvel veterans Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Idris Elba as Heimdall and Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk alongside Cate Blanchett as Hela, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster, Karl Urban as Skurge, Taika Waititi as Korg, Clancy Brown as Surtur, Rachel House as Topaz, Tadanobu Asano as Hogun and Sam Neill in an as-yet-unrevealed role. It is set for release on October 24th in the UK and November 3rd in the States.