May the Force Be With You (in Sydney).

According to Hollywood Reporter (and I heard it on ABC24 as well), George Lucas’ mighty “Industrial Light & Magic” organisation is bringing its genius to Sydney for a permanent base at Fox Studios. The first project will be “Star Wars: The Rise of Luke Skywalker” is the whisper.

ILM already has a Singapore base (as well as offices in Vancouver and London and the head office in San Francisco) and the Sydney location will be overseen by the top man there, Luke Hetherington. It is expected that there will be between 50 and 100 employees by the end of this year and this will grow in 2020.

Either way, it is very good news for Australian visual artists who will get the chance to work on the epic and others.

Sydney is an ideal location for our fifth studio,” says Rob Bredow, executive creative director and head of ILM. “There is abundant artistic and technical talent in the region, which are both keys to ILM’s culture of innovation.” It also gives clients access to the Australian Federal PDV Offset and new NSW PDV rebate, which combined could represent as much as a 40 percent rebate, Bredow estimates.

Other films in the pipeline include Terminator: Dark Fate, Jungle Cruise and The Irishman.

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