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Young Rock returns to Queensland

S2 shoot is expected to inject more than $47 million into the Australian economy.

US comedy series Young Rock, dramatising a young Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, has returned to Queensland to film Season 2 with a $6.3 million investment from the Morrison Government’s Location Incentive.

Minister for Communications Paul Fletcher, said the US series will inject more than $47 million into the Australian economy.

“The Young Rock sequel is providing employment for more than 300 Australian cast and crew, and more than 1,200 Australian extras,” he said.

“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.”

Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich said, “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.

Young Rock’s return to Queensland to film another 11 episodes is a wonderful endorsement of all we have on offer as a production location – competitive incentives, world-class facilities, fantastic crews and diverse locations.

“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,” Ms Munnich said.

Season 1 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.

The second season will film on location around South-East Queensland and at Village Roadshow Studios.

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