Two and a half hours away from Melbourne, nestled in a deep valley and surrounded by hills, lies the sleepy town of Walhalla. This historic, mountainside town was once home to over 4000 people in search of gold. Now, it has just 20 residents. This tiny town in Gippsland will transport you to days long gone, with heritage buildings, a gold mine, railway and cemetery. Perfect for autumn leaves, Walhalla is set to come alive this summer, when a bustling production crew will transform the site for Liam Neeson blockbuster, Ice Road 2: Road to the Sky. Production is scheduled over three weeks in January, and works have already begun to get the town camera-ready.
Walhalla – filming location for Liam Neeson film
In a letter to residents, Servo Productions wrote, “During preparations, you will notice changes to Walhalla’s Star Hotel and other landmarks on Main Road. Most notably at the Walhalla Rotunda, the Fire Station Museum and carpark.”
Up to 90 cast will be in the town, with filming expected to take place from January 16 to 24. Preparation work will be done from January 8 to 15, and the area will be returned to its original condition from January 25 to 31.
In a message on Facebook, the page for Walhalla wrote, “Importantly, once the filming is completed, the buildings will be returned to their heritage colours like nothing has happened.”
If you’d like to be a part of it all, Servo Productions has put out a casting call on StarNow. They’re looking for a Liam Neeson Lighting Stand In, so you’ll need to be a 6’4 male, with a similar skin tone to the famous actor. The team are also looking for Nepalese extras, so if you’re Nepalese, this is your time to shine! All genders are welcome, from ages 20 to 70.
Any travel or accommodation requirements will be arranged by the production team.
Ice Road 2: Road to the Sky
The sequel to The Ice Road will have Liam Neeson return as Mike, who is travelling to Nepal to sprinkle his loved one’s ashes on Mount Everest. When he and his mountain guide come upon a group of mercenaries while travelling on a tour bus, they must fight to save themselves, the passengers and the country.