Russell Crowe, Nicholas Hoult to Star in Justin Kurzel’s Ned Kelly Movie

Russell Crowe and Nicholas Hoult are among the cast members of True History of the Kelly Gang, the next film from Australian Snowtown and Macbeth helmer Justin Korzel.

Based Peter Carey’s 2000 book of the same name, True History of the Kelly Gang will be a new take on the story of Aussie ranger and outlaw Ned Kelly. The picture, as per the press release, is to be “a bold, uncompromising film about one of the world’s greatest outlaws and the colonial badlands from which he rose”.

Set to play Kelly is English actor George MacKay, known for Captain Fantastic and 11.22.63. The cast also includes Essie Davis (The Babadook), Travis Fimmel (Vikings, Warcraft), Sean Keenan (Strangerland), Dacre Montgomery (Stranger Things), Harry Greenwood (Hacksaw Ridge), Thomasin McKenzie (My Abandonment) and Earl Cave (Born to Kill).

“Peter Carey’s book The True History of the Kelly Gang always felt like the true spirit of Ned Kelly,” Kurzel, who also directed last year’s video game adaptation Assassin’s Creed, said in a statement. “Unsentimental, brutal, raw and visceral. His story is one of the great odysseys in history, and I feel excited to be bringing it to the screen with a fresh cinematic eye. This is a really unique and modern cast, and I am so proud to be working with such a talented ensemble of new faces and celebrated actors.”

Kurzel is reuniting with his Snowtown scribe Shaun Grant, whose credits also include Cate Shortland’s Berlin Syndrome and Rachel Perkins’ Jasper Jones.

True History of the Kelly Gang, financed by Romulus Entertainment with investment from Screen Australia, in association with Film Victoria and Film4, is due to start filming in Victoria, Australian in March 2018.

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