Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson is to star in an Australian period drama funded by Sonar Entertainment.
Wilson is to front Les Norton, a ten-part series based on Robert G. Barrett’s novels, for Australian public broadcaster ABC. The series is produced by Romper Stomper producer Roadshow Rough Diamond in association with Screen Australia with Taboo distributor Sonar Entertainment selling globally.
Set in 1985, the series will follow the exploits of Les Norton, a man from outback Queensland. On the run from a troubled past, he blows into Sydney where he lands a job as a bouncer at a notorious illegal casino in Kings Cross. He soon finds himself seduced by the city’s illicit charms and dragged into a web of underground criminality.
Rising star Alexander Bertrand will play the eponymous lead, while Romper Stomper’s David Wenham will star alongside Wilson in the drama, which is directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse, director of Kate Winslet’s The Dressmaker, Fadia Abboud (Australian Gangster), David Caesar (Underbelly) and Morgan O’Neill (Drift).
It was created for television by O’Neill, working alongside writers Christopher Lee (Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo), Samantha Winston (Wentworth), Shanti Gudgeon (Wolf Creek), Malcolm Knox (Romper Stomper), and Jessica Tuckwell.
It will be produced by Daniel Edwards and John Edwards from Roadshow Rough Diamond, with ABC Head of Drama, Comedy & Indigenous Sally Riley exec producing alongside Andrew Gregory, Deeper Water Films’ John Schwarz and Michael Schwarz and John Singleton and Jack Singleton.
“Les and his reprobate mates are caught up in a Sydney that was at its most debauched in the ‘80s, and the show’s blackly hilarious as a consequence,” Edwards said.
Riley said, “We are over the moon that Les Norton has lured such a stellar cast and creative team to bring the novels to life. Les Norton is shaping up to be an enviable addition to the ABC’s 2019 drama slate”.
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