Baz Luhrmann’s Australia to Wrap Friday


The Sunday Herald Sun reports that director Baz Luhrmann’s highly-anticipated Australia, starring Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman, will wrap filming on Friday.

Shooting on the epic began in Sydney at the end of April. Since then filming has moved to Bowen in Queensland, Darwin, Kununurra in West Australia and back to Fox Studios in Sydney.

According to the newspaper, it is expected more scenes will be shot next year to complete the film.

The film is a romantic action-adventure set in northern Australia prior to World War II. It centers on an English aristocrat (Kidman) who inherits a ranch the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn cattle driver (Jackman) to drive 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country’s most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier.

Shooting is expected to begin on Jackman’s next film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, in Sydney in less than a month. Pre-production has been underway for the past three months, with filming set to last until June.