Almost every film series calls for a change of scenery in between sequels — and with each new location comes different climates. The Fast & Furious films, for example, took Vin Diesel and his family from the hot streets of Los Angeles to the chilly, icy terrain of the Arctic Circle. But enough about them. A first look at Extraction 2 has revealed that Chris Hemsworth will be experiencing a different weather forecast than in the first film.
Director Sam Hargrave posted a video on Instagram showing the type of weather conditions he and Chris Hemsworth are filming Extraction 2 under. He is seen walking through a flurry of thick snowfall in Prague, Czech Republic, the location of the sequel to the hit Netflix film, where he teased a future scene by saying he was leaving a “train location.” The first day of the film’s production took place yesterday, which saw a lot of snowfall that he said “looks great on camera.” Check out the short footage from Chris Hemsworth’s filming location below.
The first Extraction film, which marked Sam Hargrave’s directorial debut, sent Australian mercenary Tyler Rake (played by actual Aussie Chris Hemsworth) to the scorching hot deserts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, where he is tasked with rescuing the kidnapped son of an incarcerated Indian drug lord. For the sequel, he may be dealing with a much colder climate, which might relieve him of the risk of heatstroke. According to The Prague Reporter, the sequel was supposed to be filmed in Sydney, Australia, but the country’s strict measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic sent the cast and crew, including Chris Hemsworth, to Prague, where they will be filming until March 19, 2022.
Based on the graphic novel Ciudad by Ande Parks, Anthony and Joe Russo (who directed Avengers: Endgame), Erik Skillman, and Fernando Leon Gonzalez, Extraction became Netflix’s most-watched film of 2020. With Chris Hemsworth in the spotlight, the movie raked in over 90 million viewers during its first month of release, which coincided with the first month of lockdowns due to the pandemic. The film’s popularity was such that it returned to the streaming platform’s top 10 list on the Fourth of July weekend, after which Netflix revealed that it actually drew 99 million viewers during its first four weeks, the most they’ve seen for any of its original films. Because of the film’s blockbuster success, Extraction 2 was greenlit for production, with Chris Hemsworth set to reprise his role as Tyler Rake, who suffered a near-fatal injury towards the end of the first movie.
Back in September, Netflix dropped the teaser trailer for Extraction 2, which gives a recap of the events from the first film for which the sequel will open. Chris Hemsworth’s character is seen coming out of the murky waters of the Bangladeshi river after getting cajoled by the voice of Mahajan, who tells him, “Tyler, you drown not by falling into the river, but by staying in it.” Thus begins a brand new mission for the Aussie agent — if he can fight off the frostbite, that is.