First look at the ‘Miss Fisher’ movie. (Photo: Ben King)

Brit Rupert Penry-Jones (Spooks, Silk), Daniel Lapaine and Jacqueline McKenzie have joined the cast of Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears, the feature film spin-off of the ABC series and novels by Kerry Greenwood, which is shooting in Morocco.

Essie Davis returns as the glamorous private detective Phryne Fisher with Nathan Page as Detective Inspector Jack Robinson, Miriam Margolyes as Aunt Prudence, Ashleigh Cummings as the loyal assistant and maid Dorothy ‘Dot’ Collins and Hugo Johnstone-Burt as her husband Constable Hugh Collins.

Tony Tilse is directing the movie scripted by Deb Cox and produced by her Every Cloud Productions’ partner Fiona Eagger. Lucy Maclaren is co-producer.

The plot sees the heroine set off from 1920s Melbourne on adventures involving murder, mystery and mayhem from London to British Palestine. After freeing Shirin Abbas, a young Bedouin girl (Australian newcomer Izabella Yena) from her unjust imprisonment in Jerusalem, Miss Fisher begins to unravel a decade-old mystery concerning priceless emeralds, ancient curses and the truth behind the suspicious disappearance of Shirin’s forgotten tribe.

The ensemble cast includes John Stanton, William Zappa, Ian Bliss and Los Angeles-based Egyptian Kal Naga.

Roadshow will distribute the film which has principal production investment from Screen Australia in association with All3Media international, Film Victoria, Fulcrum Media Finance and Film Finances Australasia.

Tilse was the set-up director on the the TV series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. His recent credits include Chosen for Playmaker Media and China’s iQiyi and the HBO Asia-commissioned series Grisse.

An English-language Indonesian Western set in the 1860s, which follows an unlikely group of people in a Javanese town controlled by colonial forces who rebel but find freedom comes with a heavy price, Grisse will screen on HBO’s platforms in the US and Europe.

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