The Nightingale, Jennifer Kent's follow-up to her acclaimed 2014 feature The Babadook, is set to begin shooting this month in Tasmania.
The Fall's Aisling Franciosi will star with Sam Claflin (Their Finest). Aussie actors onboard include Hugo Weaving's son Harry Greenwood, Down Under's Damon Herriman, The Daughter's Ewen Leslie as well as Aboriginal Djuki Mala dancer Baykali Ganambarr and East Arnhem Land Indigenous model Magnolia Maymuru.
Hard to express just how excited I am about this project and all the lovely people involved ðŸ’œ https://t.co/q3KTG5lwHb
— Aisling Franciosi (@AisFranciosi) March 14, 2017
Bron Creative, the LA and Vancouver-based company which produced Denzel Washington’s Fences and Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation, will produce and co-finance the thriller with Bruna Papandrea's Made Up Stories.
Screen Australia, Screen Tasmania and the South Australian Film Corporation are also financing.
Set in Tasmania in 1825, The Nightingale follows a 21-year-old Irish convict who witnesses the brutal murder of her husband and baby by her soldier master. With an Aboriginal male tracker, she enters the wilderness to seek revenge.
Causeway Films' Kristina Ceyton is producing with Papandrea. Aaron L. Gilbert, Andy Pollack, Jason Cloth and Brenda Gilbert will executive produce for Bron, with Ben Browning and Alison Cohen executive producing for FilmNation and Steve Hutensky exec producing for Made Up Stories. Jeanne Snow will oversee the production for Made Up Stories.
As well as producer Ceyton, returning crew from The Babadook include editor Simon Njoo, DP Radek Ladczuk and production designer Alex Holmes.
The film has already been sold to Transmission for Australia and New Zealand. WME is handling US rights, while FilmNation has international.
Kent, who wrote the script, is repped by WME, Gary Ungar and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.
Causeway Films is currently in post on Cargo, starring Martin Freeman, which sold to Netflix earlier in the year.