Singer-songwriter Ronan Keating and comedy actress Magda Szubanski have joined the cast of upcoming musical rom-com Goddess.
Goddess, a multi-million dollar film directed by Mark Lamprell (Babe: Pig In The City) and produced by Richard Keddie (Hawke, Little Fish) and Andrena Finlay (Me Myself I), starts shooting next month. It's expected to be completed by the end of the year and will be filmed across Sydney and Tasmania.
Visual effects company FSM, which invested in the film, is also involved in workflow tests, VFX, DI and the full post-production pathway.
The cast announcement for The Film Company's latest production was made at last night’s FSM screening of Leon Ford’s Griff The Invisible, which they also worked on.
English actress Laura Michelle Kelly (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street) is the female lead in the film.
FSM’s executive producer Steve Dunn said the cast was a "perfect combination".
“Ronan Keating and Laura Michelle Kelly’s vocal abilities, combined with Magda’s fantastic comedic talents, will provide the perfect combination for Goddess,” he said in a statement.
“The script will make the most of the vocal talents of Ronan and Laura Michelle, as the songs are the centre-piece of the script."
AFI and Logie-winner Szubanski is best known for her performances in Fast Forward and Kath & Kim.
Irish-born Keating, who auditioned for a part in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: Part One, is currently a judge on Ten’s The X Factor. This will be his film debut.
Producer Richard Keddie, director Mark Lamprell, actress Laura Michelle Kelly, FSM
managing director Rick Schweikert and FSM executive producer Steve Dunn