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Amber Heard headed back to Gold Coast

AAP logoAAP 14/12/2016 Ed Jackson

In 2014, Deputy Premier Barnaby Joyce told them to bugger off, now it appears movie star Amber Heard's pet terriers Pistol and Boo will be welcome back in Australia.

Heard is due back in Queensland next year to film the upcoming superhero movie Aquaman, the latest Hollywood blockbuster to be shot on the Gold Coast.

The federal government will offer producers Warner Brothers a $22 million tax offset to shoot the film at the Village Roadshow Studios, in what Treasurer Scott Morrison says is a boost to a crucial component of the region's economy.

Heard will play Aquaman's wife Mera, while Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa will star as the superhero.

On her last trip to Queensland, Heard appeared in a Gold Coast court in April for breaching Australia's biosecurity laws and failing to place her two dogs into quarantine when she joined then-husband Johnny Depp while he was shooting a Pirates of the Caribbean film.

When that incident came to light in 2014, Mr Joyce famously warned the dogs would be put down unless they "buggered off" back to the US.

But Mr Morrison says Heard is more than welcome to bring both dogs with her back to Australia, as long as she follows the rules.

"Everyone knows what the rules are. You can be assured those rules apply to everybody as they did last time," he said.

"They're the many issues you've got to work through when you're doing a major production like this."

A local motorhomes company has even offered the dogs their own specialised luxury vehicle on set.

Heard and Depp were forced to record a video apology to Australia for smuggling the dogs, which was widely mocked for Depp's lacklustre performance.

The announcement also brought a political stoush worthy of a Hollywood action movie.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk claimed her discussions with Warner Brothers executives in Los Angeles earlier this year had played a key part in securing the deal.

She also spoke of a partnership with the federal government which Mr Morrison countered was simply not true.

"I'll send her the bill then," Mr Morrison said.

"I've never had a discussion with the premier about this issue."

Warner Brothers came to the defence of the Queensland government however, saying the support of the state government was instrumental in bringing the production to Queensland.

The Turnbull government did allow a one-off increase of the Federal Location Tax Offset from 16.5 per cent to 30 per cent to secure the deal with Warner Brothers - which earned an operating income of $US1.4 billion in 2015.

Ms Palaszczuk believes that increase should become permanent to allow the state to secure more movies from overseas.

It's estimated up to 1000 jobs will be created during the 2017 shoot.

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