April 2, 2007

Australia Bound

So, everything is gearing up for the official start of production on cinematic visionary Baz Luhrmann's romantic opus Australia. The town of Bowen is gearing up (more here, continued here). Below is a scan from the magazine article linked to above that I found via the Media Blvd forums.

The must read website about the film linked to an article about Australia co-star David Wenham who is doing publicity for his latest film 300.

But Diver Dan and Faramir may soon be consigned to the past, for some fans at least, thanks to Wenham’s role in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming epic, Australia.

Set in the 1930s and ’40s, the film will tell the story of an English aristocrat (Nicole Kidman) who inherits a huge Northern Territory cattle station, her journey across the country with an enigmatic drover (played by Hugh Jackman) and their subsequent experience of the bombing of Darwin in 1942.

Wenham will play the film’s antagonist, station hand Neil Fletcher, who plots to relieve the aristocrat of her inheritance.

With filming commencing in locations around the country only this month and the release date not expected until at least the latter half of next year, the buzz surrounding the film is akin to that of the Second Coming.

“Well, it’s going to be the biggest Australian film ever made,” says Wenham, who first worked with Luhrmann on Moulin Rouge!

“He asked me if I’d like to be involved and, after considering his offer for all of about two seconds, I said I was in.”

EEEE! Doesn't this just make you so excited. Baz had $50mil to utilise on Moulin Rouge! so I have no idea how he's going to spend $130mil, which seems a bit high (I'm scared that people will then call the film a disappointment if it doesn't make a bazillion dollars), but whatever.

Lastly, Just Jared has had a few entries lately with pictures of Hugh preparing for his role by taking horse riding lessons (including the image below). I hope his "rough hewn" character gets to include the facial hair. He looks mighty fine with it, if you ask me.

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