Rupert Penry-Jones in ‘The Commons’. (Photo: John Platt)
British actor Rupert Penry-Jones (Spooks, Silk, Whitechapel), Ryan Corr (Bloom) and David Lyons (Seven Seconds, Safe Haven) have joined the cast of Stan/Playmaker Media’s The Commons.
They join the previously announced headliners Brit Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey) and Damon Herriman, most recently seen on film in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and on Foxtel’s Mr Inbetween.
Additionally, the cast will be bolstered by television stalwart John Waters (Offspring, Rake), Fayssal Bazzi (Stateless), Simone McAullay (Broadchurch, Blue Heelers), Andrea Demetriades (Seven Types of Ambiguity, Janet King, The End), Felix Williamson (The Letdown, Peter Rabbit, The Great Gatsby), Inez CurroĢ (Picnic at Hanging Rock), Dominic Ona-Ariki (Jonah, Savage) and Zara Michales (Diary of an Uber Driver).
The eight-part high end drama production was created by AACTA Award-winning showrunner Shelley Birse (The Code), who wrote the series with a team including Matt Ford, Michael Miller and Matt Cameron.
Currently being shot across Sydney, the thriller is directed by Jeffrey Walker alongside Rowan Woods and Jennifer Leacey. Described as a near-futurist drama it explores motherhood, morality and humanity set at the crossroads of climate change and the cutting edge of biotechnology.
The project has received major production investment from Screen Australia and Screen NSW with finance support from Stan. Sony Pictures Television will handle worldwide sales of the series.