EXCLUSIVE: As Kite racks up international sales at AFM, Samuel L. Jackson’s co-star has taken on a new keyboard centric role with a new on-screen partner. From playing Oburi in the live action adaptation of the Japanese anime by Yasuomi Umetsu, Callan McAuliffe will now be the lead in the Akan Satayev–directed Hacker. McAuliffe will play the role of Alex Danyliuk, an ambitious teen techhead member of the secret Internet criminal network known as DarkWeb. Lorraine Nicholson has also joined the Canadian indie drama as fellow DarkWebber Kira Whittal. Seen in 2011’s Soul Surfer, Nicholson, the daughter of a certain Jack, will also be in the upcoming thriller Room 105. Sydney-born McAuliffe, who played the teenage version of the title charater in the Baz Luhrmann-directed The Great Gatsby, will be seen next year opposite Ben Kingsley and Gillian Anderson in the sci-fi coming of age tale Our Robot Overloards. Satayev, who helmed Kazakhstan’s Foreign Language Film Oscar entries Strayed and Myn Bala, wrote the story for Hacker with Timur Zhaxylykov. Sanzhar Sultanov penned the script. Sultanov’s Knows Rules Media will produce.
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Tom Hollander Stars As Dylan Thomas In Andrew Davies Drama
Tom Hollander (Rev, Any Human Heart) will play Dylan Thomas in the one-off drama A Poet In New York by Andrew Davies’ (Mr Selfridge). Modern Television is producing for the BBC to mark the centenary of Thomas’ birth. The story kicks off with the Welsh poet’s arrival in Manhattan on his fatal visit and covers the last days of his life as well as his stormy relationship with wife Caitlin. Essie Davis, Ewen Bremner and Phoebe Fox also star. Shooting is underway, with the drama due to air on BBC One Wales and BBC Two next year.