When the first trailer for Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home appeared online, the Internet’s collective shock was palpable.
Could Danny McBride really have filmed an entire Crocodile Dundee sequel about the iconic Australian hero’s son without seemingly anyone finding out? And how could Thor actor Chris Hemsworth possibly sign onto a project without a million reports emerging?
The answer, of course, is that Dundee is not a real movie. The trailer is a spoof, part of the marketing campaign for Tourism Australia, the full advert for which will appear during the Super Bowl next month.
The Brisbane Times discovered the ruse, having first been alerted when the director was revealed to be Steve Rogers (not Captain America), an award-winning director best known for helming commercials for Old Spice, Nike, and Southern Comfort.
Screen Australia — listed as the film’s producer on promotional art — have declined to comment, but do not list the project on the upcoming schedule.
Original Crocodile Dundee actor Paul Hogan, who initially said the McBride-led project would “bring Dundee to a new generation”, has a history of starring in promotional adverts for Australia, including the infamous 1984 “G’Day” campaign.
Meanwhile, McBride will next appear in the black comedy Arizona while Hemsworth can be seen in cinemas in Avengers: Infinity War later this year.
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