Sarah Snook, Angus Sampson join ‘Winchester’ as shooting begins

Sarah Snook in Jocelyn Moorhouse's 'The Dressmaker'.

Angus Sampson and Sarah Snook have joined the cast of Winchester, currently shooting in Melbourne. 

The duo join the already-announced Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke in the film, directed by the Spierig brothers Michael and Peter. Snook starred in the Spierigs' last film, Predestination.

Mirren plays Sarah Winchester, who is convinced she's haunted by the souls killed at the hands of the Winchester repeating rifle. After the sudden deaths of her husband and child, she throws herself into the construction of an enormous mansion to keep the evil spirits at bay. 

When a sceptical psychiatrist (Clarke) is dispatched to the estate to evaluate her state of mind, he discovers that her obsession may not be so insane at all.

The shoot is set to take place on location around Melbourne and at Docklands, as well as in San Jose, California.

The Spierig brothers wrote the script with Tom Vaughn (Unstoppable) and are reuniting with their Predestination DP Ben Nott and editor Matt Villa.

Blacklab Entertainment’s Tim McGahan (Predestination) and Imagination Design Works’ Brett Tomberlin are producing. 

Eclipse Pictures, Blacklab, Screen Australia, Film Victoria and Screen Queensland are backing, with Eclipse running international sales.

The Australian/NZ distributor is StudioCanal, with U.S. distribution confirmed via CBS Films. 

Eclipses’ Benedict Carver and Daniel Diamond are executive producing along with Tobin Ambrust, Andy Trapani, Toni Lianos, Brian Gilbert, Marc Chipper and Simon Oakes.

Snook and Sampson are both making waves in the States, with Snook landing roles in Steve Jobs and Black Mirror and Sampson appearing in the latest season of Fargo