Julius Avery’s Son of a Gun starring Ewan McGregor to shoot in late February
The shoot will take place in Perth, Kalgoorlie and Melbourne.
Joining McGregor is Australian actor Brenton Thwaites, who recently finished production on Disney’s Maleficent alongside Angelina Jolie. Thwaites will play the protege to McGregor’s master criminal.
Swedish actress Alicia Vikander has been cast in the role of Tasha. Vikander was recently seen in Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina.
Australian actor Jacek Koman, previously in Romulus My Father, will play crime boss Sam.
Avery said of the cast: “Combining the exceptional calibre of Australian actors with award winning international talent is going to be a privilege.”
Avery wrote the script with script editor John Collee. Timothy White, producer of Two Hands is producing through Southern Light Films and Janelle Landers is co-producing.
The film is being distributed by Hopscotch/eOne throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Hopscotch’s Troy Lum said: “Julius Avery is a director that we have had our eye on for a long time. We believe that he is one of the most exciting new directors in the country. It is exciting to be involved in his first feature especially with such a fantastic cast.”
Altitude Film Sales is handling international sales.
Avery wrote the screenplay to last year’s short film Yardbird, directed by Goodoil Films’ Michael Spiccia which competed at Cannes. It won best Australian film at Flickerfest recently.
In 2008 his film Jerrycan won the Jury prize at Cannes and best short film at the AFIs that year.
The film has received support from Screen West, Screen NSW and Screen Australia.