Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney.
EXCLUSIVE: Harrison Gilbertson is just 19 but his dance card is rapidly filling up. The Australian actor is attached to star in Boys In The Trees, a drama that marks the feature debut of writer-director Nicholas Verso. Gilbertson will play Corey, a skater who with his former friend and now-nemesis Jonah (Toby Wallace) embarks on a surreal journey through memories, dreams and fears on Halloween Night 1997. Justin Holborow is also attached. John Molloy will produce for Mushroom Pictures, a joint venture between music impresario Michael Gudinski and talent agent Mark Morrissey, who will be EPs. The film is due to shoot in Melbourne in late 2013 or early 2014 after Gilbertson wraps Scott Waugh’s Need For Speed with Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper and Imogen Poots. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: DreamWorks is rounding out the cast of Need For Speed, the Scott Waugh-directed adaptation of the EA video game. The film stars Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper and Imogen Poots, and they’ve just set music producer-turned-actor Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi, as well as Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek and Harrison Gilbertson. Paul plays Tobey Marshall, who races cross country at impossible speeds from New York to L.A. to get revenge on the man who killed his best friend. The film focuses on ’70s-style fast-paced high-octane cars. Mescudi plays the driver’s best friend. As a record producer and songwriter, Mescudi has worked with Kanye West and David Guetta, and he made his acting debut in HBO’s How To Make It In America and appeared most recently in the indie Two Night Stand. He contributed to soundtracks for DreamWorks’ Fright Night and The Hunger Games, but no word yet on whether he’ll do the same here.
EXCLUSIVE: The Australian actor will star in Haunt, the Marc Carter-directed horror film that is set to begin production next month. Harrison Gilbertson’s Ethan character is an introverted teen that makes friends with his new neighbor. As the duo becomes romantically involved, they also begin to explore the haunted house Ethan’s family has unknowingly just moved into and discover a terrifying alternative dimension. Sabrina The Teenage Witch co-writer Andrew Barrer penned the script; QED International is financing and handling international sales. Gilbertson was recently seen in the Dustin Lance Black-directed Virgina with Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris. He’s repped by APA, Cohn/Torgan Management, Helen Pandos management, and attorney Gregg Gellman.