The tranquil Gold Coast hinterland hamlet of Bonogin is set for a dinosaur invasion as production starts on the $150 million, Steven Spielberg-helmed sci-fi TV series Terra Nova.
Casting for extras has begun in earnest for a one-week shoot in Brisbane before production moves to the Village Roadshow Studios at Oxenford and then on to the rural enclave, which is home to a few hundred residents, a general store and not much else.
Locals say Bonogin was a good choice for the project, with its sweeping valleys and meandering creeks very much reminiscent of the land before time.
Terra Nova is set in 2149 AD when settlers are preparing to leave their apocalyptic world to time-travel back millions of years to the age of the dinosaur.
A Gold Coast-based actress yesterday told The Courier-Mail her agent had been approached about casting her as an extra in the project.
Pre-production crews have been in Bonogin for several weeks working on the location set, and providing a steady stream of business for the otherwise slow-paced Bonogin General Store.
This would be an ideal location for a movie like this. Bonogin is only a very small place with 1 General store, I assume it would more or less put this place on the map. There are a few places like this scattered throughout the Gold Coast Hinterland, the scenery’s in all are spectacular.