Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney.
EXCLUSIVE: Melissa George and Roy Dupuis are attached to play a troubled couple in Rest Home, a psychological drama from Australian-born, Mexican-based writer-director Michael Rowe. Canuck Dupuis will play a security guard in a retirement home who’s married with two kids and is hooked on painkillers and anti-depressants. His life spirals out of control when he catches his wife (Hunted star George) with her lover. It’s a Canadian-Australian co-production between Serge Noël’s Possibles Média and Trish Lake’s Freshwater Pictures. Lake tells Deadline the plan is to shoot in Montreal late this year, with post in Australia. Quebec’s SODEC fund is an investor, Pyramide International is handling international sales and Rialto will distribute in Australia/New Zealand. It will be Rowe’s third film and his first in English following Manto Acuífero, which is in post, and Año Bisiesto (Leap Year) which won the Caméra d’Or in Cannes in 2010. Lake and Noël aim to complete the financing at the Rotterdam fest’s CineMart which kicks off on January 27. George, who’s repped in Australia by Cameron’s Management, recently wrapped Felony, a crime thriller with Joel Edgerton, Tom Wilkinson and Jai Courtney. Dupuis is repped by Premier Role.
EXCLUSIVE: Melissa George has been tapped as the lead in the BBC-Cinemax spy thriller series Nemesis aka Morton, which was created by former X-Files executive producer Frank Spotnitz. BBC One commissioned eight episodes of the project back in January, with Cinemax recently coming on board. Cinemax will co-produce Nemesis with BBC and the UK’s Shine-owned production company Kudos Film and Television, in association with Big Light. In the vein of Bourne Identity, Nemesis is a suspense thriller set in the world of international espionage. It centers on a highly skilled operative (George) for an elite private intelligence firm who survives an attempt on her life that might have been orchestrated by members of her own team. Once she returns to the firm, she must perform her secretive duties without knowing who to trust and who wants her dead. In addition to writing, Spotnitz is executive producing Nemesis with Kudos’ Stephen Garrett, Jane Featherstone and Alison Jackson. S.J. Clarkson will direct the first two episodes of the series, which will start production this fall in Europe and North Africa. Read More »
Fresh off his co-starring turn on HBO’s Entourage as Ari Gold’s long-suffering assistant Lloyd, Rex Lee has joined the cast of ABC’s new single-camera comedy series Suburgatory as a regular. Suburgatory centers on Tessa (Jane Levy), a teen girl whose … Read More »
UPDATED: ICM has signed actor clients including Emmy-winner Tony Shalhoub (Monk for 8 seasons) from CAA, Melissa George (In Treatment) from Paradigm, and Kieran Culkin (Scott Pilgrim vs the World) from WME. In addition, the agency signed away from UTA new motion picture lit clients Steven Rogers (Enchanted Inc, P.S. I Love … Read More »