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US ACTOR and director Angelina Jolie is welcome in Rooty Hill.

Blacktown Council says it welcomes the chance to lease Blacktown International Sportspark to any company, including Angelina Jolie for the filming of her movie, Unbroken.

It will only confirm that the athletics centre at Rooty Hill will be unavailable for bookings from November 25 to January 20 due to an exclusive hire by a film production company.

Jolie’s movie tells the story of former US Olympic runner Louie Zamperini, who was captured by the Japanese during World War II and forced to compete against enemy soldiers.

A council spokeswoman said it would be income for the council besides generating important economic activity on the local area.

‘‘All revenue generated from the hire will go back into Blacktown International Sportspark Sydney,’’ she said.

‘‘We welcome bookings such as this to ensure the Sydney Olympics legacy venues can continue to operate to the highest possible standard.

‘‘Film and television productions come with large numbers of people and they all need to eat while they’re here and often seek local accommodation as well.’’

She was responding to a news report that Western Sydney Wanderers had been kicked off their training ground by Ms Jolie.

‘‘Council always works with the many resident sporting groups at the park to ensure that if there is any disruption, it is minimal.

‘‘The booking being discussed is the latest of many of this type.’’

She said many television shows and commercials had been filmed there.

‘‘Due to confidentially agreements that are in place for the booking we are not able to disclose the details of the hire.’’

She said it was not true other groups were also affected, saying that neither Blacktown City Athletics Club or Little Athletics Centre is based at Blacktown International Sportspark Sydney’s Athletics Centre.

Wanderers executive chairman Lyall Gorman said the club would move operations to a nearby football field.

He said it would overlook the inconvenience to focus on the benefits.

‘‘While disappointed with the disruption, we understand this potential opportunity would bring great benefit to western Sydney," he said.

The film is Jolie’s movie — her second as a director. Shooting began in Moreton Bay, Queensland, last month, while sets have also been constructed on Cockatoo Island.

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