Robbie Williams performing on the Graham Norton Show (PA Images on behalf of So TV)
A Robbie Williams biopic will be filmed in Melbourne.
The federal and Victorian governments on Friday confirmed Better Man will begin filming at Docklands Studios Melbourne in early 2022.
Directed and co-written by Victorian filmmaker Michael Gracey, the film will offer an introspective look into the experiences that shaped the English entertainer, both on and off stage.
Melbourne, let us entertain you with some exciting news… Robbie is coming! Filming for the new @robbiewilliams biopic #BetterMan, directed by Michael Gracey, will begin in Victoria early 2022 🥳 pic.twitter.com/Pl1PLqLYkO— Roadshow Films (@RoadshowFilms) December 2, 2021
"To tell Robbie William's beautiful, distinct story, back home, in my own city, is a dream come true," Gracey said in a statement.
"There is a creative energy that burns across the Melbourne film industry, and I know this movie will thrive here."
Williams will temporarily relocate to Melbourne for the film.
"I'm so excited I am making this movie in Victoria with my friend Michael Gracey," he said.
The film is being supported by federal and state government incentive programs and is expected to inject $107 million into the state's economy and support 2200 local jobs, including 14 heads of departments, 80 visual effects practitioners and 220 crew.
More than 2500 extras and casuals will also be involved in the film, while work will be created for some 300 local businesses and service providers.
Victorian Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson said the film will build on other internationally acclaimed productions in the state including Clickbait and La Brea, which saw Melbourne double as Los Angeles.
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