A couple of Queensland dinosaurs could be the next big thing in Hollywood if Steven Spielberg decides to shoot his latest TV blockbuster in Australia.The 13-part Terra Nova centres on a young family from 100 years in the future that travels back to the prehistoric era.
Entertainment Weekly says actor Jason O'Mara of Life On Mars fame has signed to play the family patriarch. Filming is due to begin later this year.
Spielberg, who shot his Pacific miniseries in Melbourne, reportedly sent a scout to north Queensland last week in search of locations for this latest project.
Queensland Tourism Minister Peter Lawlor says the state would be the perfect set.
"There would be no better place ... than in the oldest continent on Earth, which is home to the oldest rainforest on Earth and the World Heritage-listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields, home to some of the oldest and most famous dinosaurs on Earth," Mr Lawlor said.
"I'm sure if Mr Spielberg chose Queensland as the location for Terra Nova, our famous dinosaurs Muttaburrasaurus and Kronosaurus Queenslandicus would make fabulous movie stars."
Muttaburrasaurus was a herbivore that lived 120 million years ago, was up to two metres tall and 12 metres long. Kronosaurus is thought to be the largest marine reptile on Earth, with its head alone reaching 2.7 metres.
"I'm sure both of these prehistoric giants would love to star in Mr Spielberg's upcoming movie - after all they've already been famous for millions of years and would add to the number of Aussies making it big in Hollywood."