Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard has returned to the Gold Coast to film his new movie Eden.

The survival thriller stars Jude Law, Ana de Armas, Vanessa Kirby, Daniel Brühl, and Sydney Sweeney.

FIlming will get underway in one week’s time across several Gold Coast locations.

The film will generate a whopping $26 million to the local economy and create more than 300 jobs.

It’s the second feature film Ron Howard is bringing to the Gold Coast, following the 2022 release Thirteen Lives, with the director praising the city and our community.

“I have always been impressed with the professionalism and creative spirit of the Australian film community,” Mr Howard says.

“My experience with our Queensland crew on Thirteen Lives only confirmed that and more,


“I’m thrilled with the opportunity to bring Eden to Queensland and continue the collaboration.”

Director Ron Howard on the set of THIRTEEN LIVES, a Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film.
Credit: Vince Valitutti / Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures
© 2022 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved.

One of the stars, Sydney Sweeney, has been showcasing the Gold Coast to her 16 million followers on Instagram.

The bikini-clad star uploaded videos and pictures of herself and friends sliding down rock pools in Currumbin Valley, at Currumbin Alley and with kangaroos.

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The production was secured by the Queensland Government via Screen Queensland’s Production Attraction Strategy and supported by the Federal Government’s Location Incentive.


Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she’s thrilled to have another production in Queensland.

“Ron Howard’s return to Queensland reinforces our state’s renowned reputation as a destination of choice for the world’s leading filmmakers,” the Premier says.

“Our government’s commitment to developing Queensland’s screen industry secures high-profile local, national and international film and series, which ultimately creates good local jobs,

“Since 2015, the Production Attraction Strategy has generated $2 billion for the economy and created more than 20,000 jobs. Queensland’s screen production sector also supports small businesses across an array of industries – from accommodation to medical services, catering to landscaping, recycling to wardrobe supplies.”

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