The ABC has announced its youthful cast for its newest drama series about lawyers working for the Public Prosecution.
It includes Todd Lasance (Underbelly Files: Tell Them Lucifer Was Here, Cloudstreet, Rescue Special Ops, Home & Away), who will ironically be on the other side of the law to his previous drug charge case.
He is joined by Hamish Michael (Spirited, City Homicide, Lucky Miles); Ella Scott Lynch (City Homicide, All Saints, The Falls); Andrea Demetriades (Bell Shakespeare Company, All Saints) and Indiana Evans (A Model Daughter – The Killing of Caroline Byrne, H2O Just Add Water, Home and Away).
They are joined by Marta Dusseldorp (Burning Man, Blackjack, Hell Has Harbour Views, After The Deluge); Lewis Fitz-Gerald (Underbelly, Stingers, A Model Daughter – The Killing of Caroline Byrne); Jerome Ehlers (Sea Patrol, Packed To The Rafters, The Starter Wife), Jeanette Cronin (Rake, Headland, All Saints); Chantelle Jamieson (Underbelly Files – The Man Who Got Away, Panic At Rock Island); Peter Kowitz (Packed To The Rafters, City Homicide, Grass Roots), Chris Morris (Crocodile Hunter, The Surgeon, Fireflies) and Daniel Lissing (Cops LAC, Packed to the Rafters, Out Of The Blue).
The 22 x 1 hr series looks at eager lawyers who know the law backwards but who have a lot to learn about life.
It will centre on “five young solicitors fresh out of law school, as they face the pressures and endearing madness of modern single life – in a fast-paced workplace that highlights the moral dilemmas and big issues facing an apparently civilized society”
It will also draw upon the divide between idealistic young solicitors and the barristers at the top.
ABC TV’s Head of Fiction, Carole Sklan said: “We’re thrilled to be back in the business of long-run drama and to be working with such a dynamic, creative company as Screentime. They have assembled a wonderful cast and creative team for this exuberant and very contemporary show.”
Screentime’s Des Monaghan added: “We are delighted to be working with our friends at the ABC, and we are very excited about Crownies– which is an intelligent and entertaining insight into the extraordinarily fast and demanding world of the DPP.”
Produced by Screentime, Crownies is part of a major push by the ABC to restore its Drama output.
Written by Greg Haddrick, Jane Allen, Kylie Needham, Tamara Asmar, Blake Ayshford and Justine Gillmer, the legal drama will be directed by Tony Tilse, Chris Noonan, Cherie Nowlan, Grant Brown, Lynn Hegarty, Garth Maxwell and Jet Wilkinson.
Shooting commences in Sydney on Friday, with the series set to premiere later this year.