Deadline Gallipoli cast announced
Sam Worthington, Hugh Dancy, Rachel Griffiths, Bryan Brown and Ewen Leslie are just some of the names that make up the impressive Deadline Gallipoli cast.
Foxtel made the casting announcement this morning as the mini-series starts production in South Australia.
Other cast members are Jessica De Gouw, Anna Torv, James Fraser, Charles Dance and newcomer 2013 NIDA graduate Joel Jackson.
John Bell of Bell Shakespeare will also be returning to television for the first time in more than 20 years.
The mini-series, directed by Michael Rymer (Hannibal), looks at the Gallipoli legend from the point of view of four war correspondents Charles Bean, Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, Phillip Schuler and Keith Murdoch.
Joel Jackson stars as Bean, Hugh Dancy as Bartlett, Ewen Leslie as Murdoch, and Sam Worthington as Schuler. Charles Dance plays Hamilton, the Commander of the Gallipoli campaign, Bryan Brown plays General Bridges and John Bell plays Lord Kitchener.
"This is a fresh take on the Gallipoli story, with these four journalists fighting the upper echelons of the military to get the truth out and stop the carnage,” Worthington said in a statement released to media.
“I'm honoured to bring such an important story to audiences, in Australia and around the world."
Deadline Gallipoli will air on Foxtel’s showcase channel in 2015 to coincide with the World War I Centenary commemorations.
Penny Chapman of Matchbox Pictures will produce the series, with John Schwarz of Full Clip, and Jacquelin Perske. Executive producers are Penny Win, Foxtel’s Commissioning Editor of Drama, Michael McMahon of Matchbox Pictures and Sam Worthington.