Aussie cast in Hollywood action thriller

29 April, 2014 by Don Groves

Hugo Johnstone-Burt has joined the cast of San Andreas, an action thriller starring Dwayne Johnson that’s now shooting on the Gold Coast.

Johnson plays a helicopter pilot who joins up with his estranged wife (Carla Gugino) to search for their daughter who goes missing after a devastating earthquake hits California.


Johnstone-Burt, who starts work in mid-May, will play a quirky, charming guy who meets the girl (Alexandra Daddario of TV’s True Detective) just before the quake and helps her to reach a safe place.

The actor whose credits include Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Mr and Mrs Murder, Goddess and Home and Away, will film his scenes in Queensland and California. He’s represented in the US by UTA and in Australia by United Management.

Backed by New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow Pictures, San Andreas is directed by Brad Peyton and produced by Beau Flynn, who collaborated on Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.

The producers secured a chunk of the $20 million incentive for offshore production announced last year by the Labor government.

The screenplay is by Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Chad and Carey Hayes (The Conjuring) from a story by Jeremy Passmore (Red Dawn) and Andre Fabrizio.

The creative team includes director of photography Steve Yedlin (Looper), production designer Barry Chusid (The Day After Tomorrow), editor Bob Ducsay (Godzilla), VFX supervisor Colin Strause (The Avengers), and costume designer Wendy Chuck (Twilight).

The film is due to open in Australia in June 2015.