Casting for director Justin Kurzel’s ‘True History Of The Kelly Gang’ is finally coming together, with Deadline brining word that George MacKay (‘Pride,’ ‘Captain Fantastic’), Russell Crowe (‘The Mummy,’ ‘The Nice Guys’), Nicholas Hoult (‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix,’ ‘Tolkien’) and Essie Davis (‘The Babadook,’ ‘The White Princess’) are set to star.
Published in 2002, Carey’s Booker Prize-winning novel is an imagined autobiography seen through the eyes of Australia’s legendary folk-hero Ned Kelly, as he scribbles his narrative on errant scraps of paper in semiliterate but magically descriptive prose whilst on the run from the police. To his pursuers, Kelly is nothing but a monstrous criminal, a thief and a murderer. To his own people, the lowly class of ordinary Australians, the bushranger is a hero, defying the authority of the English to direct their lives.
The supporting cast includes Travis Fimmel (‘Vikings,’ ‘Warcraft: The Beginning’), Sean Keenan (‘Strangerland’), Dacre Montgomery (‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Power Rangers’), Harry Greenwood (‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ ‘Gallipoli’), Thomasin McKenzie (‘My Abandonment,’ ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’) and Rock legend Nick Cave’s son, Earl Cave (‘Born to Kill,’ ‘The End Of The F***ing World’).
Shaun Grant is providing the script, with filming to commence March 2018 in Victoria, Australia.