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Hollywood film director Ron Howard Tweets about stunning Australian coastal locations


Hollywood film director Ron Howard Tweets about stunning Australian coastal locations… as he continues filming big-budget movie Thirteen Lives on Queensland’s Gold Coast

The American film director and producer Ron Howard is in Australia directing Thirteen Lives, the true story of the 2018 Thai cave rescue.

And the Hollywood powerbroker is clearly smitten with the country, as he Tweeted high praise for the Queensland’s Gold Coast this weekend.

‘Good morning – it’s a stunning Sunday here in #Australia Hope you are well wherever you are,’ the Oscar-winning director captioned a scenic shot.

Big fan: American film director and producer Ron Howard is clearly smitten with Australia, with the Hollywood powerbroker tweeting high praise for Queensland's Gold Coast on Sunday

Big fan: American film director and producer Ron Howard is clearly smitten with Australia, with the Hollywood powerbroker tweeting high praise for Queensland’s Gold Coast on Sunday

A day earlier, the Apollo 13 director had taken to Instagram to share an image of kayaks in the water. 

He captioned that post, ‘early morning walk on the #GoldCoast before getting to work’.

The acclaimed director, 66, completed his mandatory 14 days of hotel quarantine with his wife Cheryl back in January.

Working holiday: The acclaimed director, 66, completed a mandatory 14 days of hotel quarantine with his wife Cheryl back in January. The couple seen here last week in QLD

Working holiday: The acclaimed director, 66, completed a mandatory 14 days of hotel quarantine with his wife Cheryl back in January. The couple seen here last week in QLD

Production of Thirteen Lives began in March, with the Gold Coast hinterland doubling for the film’s base of Thailand.

The film will tell the story of the dramatic 2018 rescue of 12 young boys and their soccer coach after they ventured deep into a cave which later became flooded.

Production is also expected to inject more than $96million into the local economy, and create jobs for 435 cast and crew members, as well as an additional 3,400 background actors.

A-lister: Howard seen here with star Frank Langella on the set of 2008 film Frost/Nixon, for which he received his second Best Director nomination

A-lister: Howard seen here with star Frank Langella on the set of 2008 film Frost/Nixon, for which he received his second Best Director nomination

The Federal Government splashed $13 million to lure the project to Queensland while the Palaszczuk Government sweetened the deal with support from its production attraction program, as well as offering locations that could double for the Thai cave system.

Ron told the Gold Coast Bulletin last year, that he was thrilled to bring the production Down Under and ‘to work with many talented and skilled Australian artists’.

Stand in: Production of Thirteen Lives began in March, with the Gold Coast hinterland doubling for Thailand

Stand in: Production of Thirteen Lives began in March, with the Gold Coast hinterland doubling for Thailand

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