While it should surprise no one that having X-Men Origins: Wolverine shot in your town would provide a boost to the local economy, it might surprise people to know just how big a boost it would be. According to a release from the New South Wales Government, the film starring and produced in part by Hugh Jackman will spend over $60 million (AUS) spent in New South Wales.
Beyond the actual filming of the movie, most of the pre-production and post-production work for the film will be done in Australia. It is estimated that the film will employ 220 New South Wales natives during pre-production, 350 crew, 45 actors and 1,200 extras during production, and 40 during post-production.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine explores Wolverine's early days, before joining the X-Men. The film will cover Logan's early life, and his involvement with the mysterious Weapon X program. The film stars Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Dominic Monaghan, Danny Huston, Ryan Reynolds, Taylor Kitsch, will.i.am, Daniel Henney, and Lynn Collins. X-Men Origins: Wolverine is due to arrive in theatres in 2009.