Apparently Brisbane is having a pretty slow start to the working week, judging by the hundreds of people on the corners of Margaret and Albert Streets in the CBD. They’re there to see Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston filming scenes for the upcoming film, Thor: Ragnarok.
The pair arrived on set this morning and inspected the empty construction site that sits on the Botanic Gardens side of the intersection, opposite the Royal on the Park Hotel, and waved to crowds. They play Thor (Hemsworth) and Loki (Hiddleston) – brothers and enemies – in the Marvel superhero series of films.
The Gold Coast-based production will be in Brisbane filming from today until Thursday. Beyond Hemsworth and Hiddleston, it’s brought to town a small army of crew members, stunt people and equipment, as well as a fleet of New York taxi cabs and fire trucks.
“It’s a bit crazy, but it’s good,” says Nessun Dorma Coffee owner, Roselyn Gibbons-Munch. The cafe, at 127 Margaret Street, is just metres away from the filming. “We’re right in the thick of it,” she says. “They’ve turned the street into New York – they’ve changed the traffic lights to New York-style traffic lights, and there are lots of New York taxis. They’re filming as we speak.”
Mary Street, Albert Street and Margaret Street will all be affected by lane closures this week, although producers have promised to keep disruptions to a minimum. “[Business is] coming in spurts,” Gibbons-Munch says. “People are realising we’re actually open and we’re close to the action. So, lots of people are milling around.
“I don’t know what the end of the day is going to be like,” she continues. “But these guys have been very easy to deal with and they definitely don’t want us to lose trade.”
Deliveries, pedestrians and hotel guests have access to businesses during the closures, although there may be short delays for public-safety reasons.
Thor: Ragnarok is slated for release in cinemas in late 2017.