At the ripe old age of 13 Winta McGrath has scored his second role in an international production: a sci-fi drama series which marks Ridley Scott’s TV directing debut.
McGrath joins fellow Aussie Travis Fimmel in Raised by Wolves, which revolves around two androids who are tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet.
As the colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences, the androids learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is both treacherous and difficult.
Commissioned by the US network TNT, which is available in 89 million homes, and written by the showrunner Aaron Guzikowski, the series is in pre-production in Cape Town.
McGrath will play Campion, a scrappy and soulful 12-year-old who was raised from birth by Mother (Amanda Collin) and Father (Abubakar Salim). When a ship of humans arrives from Earth, Campion is exposed to followers of religion for the first time in his life and starts to question whether his android parents really know what’s best for him.
Fimmel is Marcus, a roguish, charismatic soldier who was the only survivor on Earth. Escaping the doomed planet, Marcus and his wife Sue (Niamh Algar) arrive in the new world where Marcus struggles to reconcile the sins of his past.
The cast includes Felix Jamieson, Ethan Hazzard, Jordan Loughran, Aasiya Shah and Ivy Wong.
Winta made his screen debut in Aloft, a 2014 drama from Peruvian director Claudia Llosa which starred Cillian Murphy as a falcon handler who travels to the Arctic Circle with a journalist (Mélanie Laurent) to find and learn more about his faith healer mother (Jennifer Connelly).
He then starred in Nick Verso’s Boys in the Trees and in Kriv Stenders’ Red Dog: True Blue before being cast as Floyd in Easy Tiger/Nine’s Doctor Doctor.
Emma Raciti manages Winta and his older brothers Gulliver and Zen McGrath. Zen also had roles in Aloft and the Red Dog prequel.