Melissa McCarthy & Ben Falcone film scenes for Thor: Love and Thunder

EXCLUSIVE: Melissa McCarthy sports a huge green headpiece as she transforms into Hela with Luke Hemsworth and husband Ben Falcone as they begin filming Thor: Love And Thunder in Sydney after superfan couple said they were ‘desperate’ for roles

  • The upcoming film has attracted a host of big names, including Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Tessa Thompson and Sam Neill 
  • Melissa and Ben have been in Australia since late last year, with the Bridesmaids star filming the upcoming TV mini-series Nine Perfect Strangers in Byron Bay
  • On Christmas Day, Melissa and Ben shared a video of Instagram, jokingly appealing to Hemsworth and director Taika Waititi to give them roles in Thor. 
  • ‘Melissa and I are desperate to be in the film, Love and Thunder,’ began Ben, while Melissa added, ‘Respectfully, respectfully, sure’
  • Thor: Love and Thunder is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Thor, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
  •  It is intended to be the direct sequel to Thor: Ragnarok and the 29th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe 

They’ve made no secret of the fact they were vying for roles in Thor: Love and Thunder, and Melissa McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone both commenced filming on the sequel on Tuesday.

The pair were pictured on the Sydney set of the upcoming Marvel blockbuster alongside Matt Damon and Luke Hemsworth who was pictured wearing a blonde wig, breastplate and red cape to transform into his brother Chris’ character Thor.

Melissa, 50, was seen cackling as she sported a huge green headpiece to transform into Hela, who was originally played by Cate Blanchett in Thor: Ragnarok, which proves she has earned herself a coveted place on the movie.

Dream role: Melissa McCarthy (right) sported a huge green headpiece alongside a very muscular Luke Hemsworth (centre) and husband Ben Falcone (left) as they began filming Thor: Love And Thunder in Sydney on Tuesday 

Meanwhile, Melissa’s husband Ben stood behind Luke, 40, who was dressed in his full Thor costume, complete with flowing long blond hair, he previously portrayed the God of Thunder in Thor: Ragnarok for an Asgardian play that depicted Loki’s ‘death’ in Thor: The Dark World.

In the play, Matt portrayed the Trickster god, who is normally played by Tom Hiddleston, and it appears he is back as the character as he was also seen on set.

In the previous Thor film, Sam Neill took on the role of Odin for the mock play, wearing a wispy white wig, beard, and an eyepatch to embody Anthony Hopkins’ character. 

Given the trio are back on set, it’s clear director Taika Waititi would like to continue the joke, and the cast’s costumes make it clear they are reenacting the events of Thor: Ragnarok.


Performance: Melissa (left) was seen cackling as she sported a huge green headpiece to transform into Hela, who was originally played by Cate Blanchett in Thor: Ragnarok (right)



Superheroes: Melissa was spotted on the Sydney set of the upcoming Marvel blockbuster alongside Luke


Return: Luke played his brother Chris’ iconic character in a hilarious mock play in Thor: Ragnarok (right)



They’re back! Luke and Matt Damon were dressed in full costume to embody Thor (Chris) and Loki (Matt), the pair previously portrayed them in Thor: Ragnarok for an Asgardian play that depicted Loki’s ‘death’ in Thor: The Dark World


And he’s back: Matt was also pictured on set (left) wearing a long black wig to portray the Trickster god Loki



Costume: Matt wore a green and gold jacket and matching tunic to look like Tom Hiddleston’s Loki


Busy: Chris and Melissa got to work on set together for the next instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe



Dramatic: Luke and Melissa were seen having a tense conversation during the scene


Trickster: In the play Matt portrayed the Trickster god (R), who is normally played by Hiddleston, and it appears he is back as the character as he was also seen on set

Thor: Love and Thunder is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Thor, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. 

It is intended to be the direct sequel to Thor: Ragnarok and the 29th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

The upcoming film has attracted a host of big names, including Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, and Tessa Thompson. 

Melissa and Ben, 47, were spotted filming their scenes by a cliff in Little Bay in south-east Sydney. 


Also making an appearance: In the previous Thor film, Sam Neill (L) took on the role of Odin for the mock play (R), wearing a wispy white wig, beard, and an eyepatch to embody Anthony Hopkins’ character, and he was seen on set



Villain: Hela was the Goddess of death who brought about Ragnarok on the gods of Asgard when she is released from prison following Odin’s death


Suited and booted: Sam wore a salmon pink suit jacket and a white shirt to portray Odin



Smouldering: Luke seemed to embody his brother’s character quite well while he was out on set


Exciting: Given the trio are back on set, it’s clear director Taika Waititi would like to continue the joke by having another mock play, and the cast’s costumes make it clear they are reenacting the events of Thor: Ragnarok



Costume change: Luke also wore a grey jacket which appeared to be to transform into Thor in Avengers: Endgame


And, action! The cast were seen filming in front of a camera on a large crane

The film’s crew used umbrellas to try and block views of the set and security locked down the outdoor set, with guards using binoculars to keep an eye on proceedings.

Melissa and Ben have been in Australia since late last year, with the Bridesmaids star filming the upcoming TV mini-series Nine Perfect Strangers in Byron Bay.

On Christmas Day, Melissa and Ben shared a video of Instagram, jokingly appealing to Hemsworth and director Waititi to give them roles in Thor. 


Changes: Matt also dressed down in a black suit and tie for new scenes in the superhero flick



Going through the motions: Luke and Matt filmed their scenes multiple times on Tuesday


Chat: The acting duo were seen acting in front of a painted backdrop that was made to look like the sky, before a portal appeared to open behind them



Touch-up: The make-up crew were seen tending to Matt’s wig during a break from filming


Stoic: Sam was seen with a serious expression on his face as he got ready to film scenes alongside Matt



Tense: Matt appeared to be reenacting scenes when Ragnarok came to Asgard during the play


Safety first: Luke was seen talking with a crew member who kept their mask on whilst filming was underway

‘Melissa and I are desperate to be in the film, Love and Thunder,’ began Ben, while Melissa added, ‘Respectfully, respectfully, sure.’

Turning it into an audition video, she added: ‘I am not afraid to perform a monologue.’

Meanwhile, Ben said he’d ‘prepared something from The Tempest’ by William Shakespeare.

‘Also, Taika and Chris and whoever, and the people at Marvel Studios… also, I have been known to be a song and dance man,’ continued Ben. 

He and Melissa then broke out into song, before Ben addressed the camera and said: ‘That’s just a taste, Taika.’ 


Dynamic duo: Matt and Luke were seen with a crew member while on set


Discussion: Matt and Taika were seen talking together on set while preparing for the scene

Horsing around: A white horse was seen being taken by crew on set


Looking cool: Taika was seen wearing a pink suit jacket over a bright yellow top

The latest installment of Thor is being filmed in Australia after receiving a $24.1million location incentive grant from the Federal Government.

Directed by Waititi, the film is expected to bring more than $178million to the local economy, create 2,500 jobs and enlist services from about 1,650 businesses.

According to Screen NSW, it’s part of a deal which will see several Marvel films made in Australia over the coming years.

Warriors: Extras were seen dressed up as Asgardian soldiers with horned helmets for the scene


Huge production: A variety of crew members were seen strolling around on set with masks

Wow! An intricately detailed stage had been set up for the scenes with Matt, Luke, Neil and Melissa


Intriguing: A white and gold dais was also set up along the coast nearby the stage

Move it along: Crew members were seen standing around the sprawling set to make sure the public didn’t wander inside

The film is largely being shot at Sydney’s Fox Studios, but elaborate structures have been seen at nearby Centennial Park, as well as Little Bay.

In the forthcoming Thor instalment, Portman is back as Jane Foster, and will also pick up the hammer and become the Goddess of Thunder (the female Thor).

Natalie was absent for 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, but was a key player in the first two Thor films in 2011 and 2013.

Thor: Love and Thunder is due for cinematic release in May 2022. 


And… action! On Sunday, the hard-working crew for the Hollywood blockbuster were spotted creating an impressive set along the city’s picturesque coastline 



Major win for Australia: The latest instalment of Thor is being filmed in Australia after receiving a $24.1million location incentive grant from the Federal Government


Film magic: The blue boards will be used in post-production to add special background effects

Hollywood, Down Under! Several Marvel films will be made in Australia over the coming years

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