Actor Lachy Hulme (Offspring, The Hollowmen) will play the role of Kerry Packer in Nine’s miniseries on its former mogul, instead of Rob Carlton.
Hulme is said to have impressed Nine’s David Gyngell and producer John Edwards in an audition tape. Howzat: The Kerry Packer Story is due to air on Nine in 2012.
Hulme will also appear in the Beaconsfield telemovie for Nine this year, also produced by Edwards.
Carlton has been widely acclaimed for his performance as Packer in the ABC miniseries Paper Giants, and is nominated for an AACTA Award this week against Alex Dimitriades, Don Hany and Jonathan LaPaglia. He is also a presenter of the Awards, set to screen on Nine on Tuesday.
“I had a fantastic time on Paper Giants and was proud of the work I did,” Carlton tells the Sunday Telegraph. “Obviously I was really looking forward to doing Kerry Packer with Channel Nine and I thought that’s what we were all moving towards.”
Carlton is currently appearing in Conspiracy 365 for Family Movie Channel and will also be seen in ABC’s Mabo telemovie and Andrew Denton’s Randling.
It’s unclear whether he could still reprise his role in a potential sequel to Paper Giants for the ABC, tipped to focus on the magazine wars.