Channel Nine has officially announced key cast members for its Underbelly prequel, to be subtitled “A Tale of Two Cities.”
As expected the series will take place before the first series, during an era of illegal drugs becoming the centre of gang warfare in Sydney.
With filming to take place in regional New South Wales, Sydney and Melbourne, at the heart of the story is crime boss Robert Trimbole, to be played by Roy Billing -who currently appears on Packed to the Rafters as the boss of Rebecca Gibney (pictured).
Matthew Newton will play Terry “Mr. Asia” Clark, while Andrew McFarlane plays anti-drugs campaigner Donald McKay and Peter O’Brien is to portray George Freeman.
“Nine is thrilled to be bringing Underbelly- A Tale of Two Cities to the small screen in 2009,” said Nine Drama Exec Jo Horsburgh. “Scripts and casting are well underway and the series is proving to be as rich and exciting as the first series. I think the audience will love it.”
The series will film in Sydney and Melbourne from now until March 2009.
The Nine Network and Screentime today announced production of the second series of their controversial Australian drama series, UNDERBELLY – A TALE OF TWO CITIES.
UNDERBELLY – A TALE OF TWO CITIES follows the Australian criminal landscape that changed forever in the mid 1970s when the illegal drug industry took hold. In the decade between ’76 and ‘86 the marijuana and heroin business expanded exponentially. Crooks with enough nerve, brains and imagination stood to make millions. Two of the biggest crooks of all were “Aussie Bob” Trimbole and Terry “Mr Asia” Clark. This is their story.
This is also the story of the nascent Federal Police, their efforts to understand the nature and extent of organised crime in Australia, and their fight against the pernicious heroin trade.
Key cast for the production includes Roy Billing as Robert Trimbole; Andrew McFarlane as Donald Mackay; Matthew Newton as Terry Clark; Peter O’Brien as George Freeman with further cast and characters to be announced soon.
Head of Drama for the Nine Network, Jo Horsburgh, said, “Nine is thrilled to be bringing UNDERBELLY – A TALE OF TWO CITIES to the small screen in 2009. Scripts and casting are well underway and the series is proving to be as rich and exciting as the first series. I think the audience will love it”.
Executive Producer, Des Monaghan, said, “Screentime is very proud to be in partnership again with Nine. We are very excited about Underbelly – A Tale of Two Cities – which promises to be even bigger and better than the first series”.
The UNDERBELLY – A TALE OF TWO CITIES cast will be filming in Sydney and Melbourne from now until March 2009.