Rachel Griffiths and Anthony LaPaglia will head up TEN’s anticipated new telemovie on a young Julian Assange.
Griffiths plays the mother of the teenager who allegedly hacked into the Pentagon, while LaPaglia plays Detective Ken Roberts.
Newcomer Alex Williams has won the plum role of the young Assange at the age of 18.
Underground: The Julian Assange Story is produced by Matchbox Pictures (The Slap, The Straits, My Place) and directed by Robert Connolly.
The telemovie will film in Melbourne for four weeks from April 16, and air on TEN in the second half of the year.
Network TEN, Executive producer, Rick Maier says “Everyone has an opinion about Julian Assange. This film will deliver a compelling insight into who Julian is, and how he became one of the most talked-about figures of our time. We are delighted Rachel and Anthony are on board for this exciting television event for TEN”.
Producer, Helen Bowden said, “Underground is the incredible, true story of a group of schoolboys in Melbourne who were hacking into the some of the biggest corporate and military organisations in the world, at the dawn of the internet age. It is a fascinating tale and we are very excited to be bringing it to the screen.”
Alex Williams (Assange) will be joined on screen by Callan McAuliffe (The Great Gatsby, I Am Number Four), Laura Wheelwright (Animal Kingdom) and Jordan Raskopoulos (Ronnie Johns Half Hour, The Axis of Awesome).
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