Ten has announced Rachel Griffiths and Anthony LaPaglia have been cast in the forthcoming tele movie Underground, based on the early life of Julian Assange as a computer hacker.
Underground will commence shooting over four weeks as of Monday 16 April in Melbourne.
Griffiths will play Assange’s activist mother Christine Assange while LaPaglia will play detective Ken Roberts.
Newcomer Alex Williams has been cast as Assange.
Produced by Matchbox Pictures’ Helen Bowden as producer and Tony Ayres as EP, who made The Slap and The Straits, it’s written and directed by Robert Connolly.
Bowden said: “Underground is the incredible, true story of a group of schoolboys in Melbourne who were hacking into the some of the biggest corporate and military organisations in the world, at the dawn of the internet age. It is a fascinating tale and we are very excited to be bringing it to the screen.”
Rick Maier, executive producer for Ten said: “Everyone has an opinion about Julian Assange. This film will deliver a compelling insight into who Julian is, and how he became one of the most talked-about figures of our time. We are delighted Rachel and Anthony are on board for this exciting television event for Ten.”
Also included in the cast is Callan McAuliffe, Laura Wheelwright and Jordan Paskopoulos.
The production is scheduled for broadcast during the second half of the year.
Underground will be distributed through NBCU International following its stake in Matchbox Pictures.