Bruce the legendary shark model from Jaws will have a new home in the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, slated to open in April of 2021.
Nicknamed Bruce on the set of Steven Spielberg’s 1975 film, the 25 foot model is the last remaining intact models from the film. It was acquired by museum planners back in 2016 when they were anticipating a 2017 open date according to Entertainment Weekly.
“It’s been a long journey for Bruce since he was acquired in 2016, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome him to his new home,” Academy Museum President Bill Kramer said in a statement. “We look forward to our opening when museum visitors can engage with our exhibitions, experience our beautiful Renzo Piano-designed building, and come face to face with one of the most iconic characters in film history.”
Jaws takes place on Amity Island which finds itself the hunting ground of a killer shark. When the local mayor refuses to close down the beaches for fear of hurting the local economy, it falls on the shoulders of the local sheriff (Roy Scheider), a sea-worn fisherman (Robert Shaw), and a scientist from the Oceanographic Institute (Richard Dreyfuss) to put an end to the deadly predator.
The film was an instant success and won an astonishing three Academy Awards that year including Best Editing, Best Sound Design, and Best Original Score for John Williams.
Bruce will be on full display when the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures opens on April 30, 2021.