Sam Reid; pic Exposay.com
The producer of new Australian film The Second Coming has announced the dystopian noir’s two leading cast members.
Angie Fielder, who produced Kieran Darcy-Smith’s Wish You Were Here, with Second Coming’s writer/director David Barker have cast Sam Reid in the lead as Joe Panther and Sarah Snook as Panther’s best friend Laz.
Fielder told Encore: “They both did incredible screen tests. Plus Sarah just did such a great performance in Not Suitable For Children, and she got down to the final three actors to play Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, so there is quite a bit of heat around her in the film industry. And Sam is also a star on the rise.”
Reid has just wrapped on Jonathan Teplitzky’s adaptation of The Railway Man with Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman and was also in HBO’s Emmy winning series Hatfields & McCoys.
The Second Coming follows Joe Panther, a man who believes he is Jesus and becomes the prime suspect of a murder case. Set against a fictional metropolis, the story aims to challenge religion and the church while being a classic murder-mystery.
On production, Fielder said: “We’re hoping to go into production early March next year and looking for a release in the first part of 2014.”
The team are currently halfway through a crowd funding campaign with Pozible, and have been working hard on Facebook and Twitter to raise the $75,000 goal which will go towards creating the set and costume design of the dystopian world.
Of Pozible and crowd funding in general, Fielder said: “I think its a great system and it’s worked for a lot of people. It will be interesting to see what the lifespan for crowd funding will be. It has been around in the states for a while and doesn’t seem to be slowing down.”
The film received development funding from Screen NSW.