Hugh Sheridan back on Seven for INXS drama
Luke Arnold, Hugh Sheridan and Alex Williams cast in Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS.
He will play bass guitarist Garry Gary Beers.
In the lead role of Michael Hutchence is actor Luke Arnold, as first revealed by TV Tonightin April.
Also appearing are Alex Williams, Ido Drent, Andy Ryan, Damon Herriman and newcomer Nicholas Masters.
The two part drama, which has access to all of the band’s music and archives, is to be directed to Daina Reid (Paper Giants, Howzat, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.)
Sheridan, who left the Seven stable for a TEN network deal was last seen as host of I Will Survive. He returns briefly to Packed to the Rafters soon.
This marks the first drama production from Shine Australia.
In a joint statement, Shine Australia and Seven today announced the cast for Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS.
Luke Arnold (Winners & Losers, City Homicide) will star as Michael Hutchence, newcomer Nicholas Masters is Tim Farriss, Ido Drent (Offspring, Shortland Street) is Jon Farriss, Andy Ryan (Underbelly: Squizzy Taylor, Reef Doctors) is Andrew Farriss, Alex Williams (Underground: The Julian Assange Story) is Kirk Pengilly and Hugh Sheridan (Packed to the Rafters) is Garry Gary Beers, while Damon Herriman (The Sullivans, Love My Way) is the band’s manager, CM Murphy.
This major, two part television event is being Executive Produced by Mark Fennessy and Rory Callaghan, with CM Murphy as Co-Executive Producer.
Promising an authentic behind the scenes look beyond the music, Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS will tell the band’s extraordinary and uncensored story – with full access to their archive of music, photography and stories.
Mark Fennessy, CEO Shine Australia said: “It’s a true privilege to be working with such a stellar cast of young acting talent. Together with a powerful script and brilliant production team we will bring to life the extraordinary, untold story of INXS.”
Brad Lyons, Seven’s Director of Network Production said: “We’ve secured a sensational group of actors to tell the story of three brothers and their best mates who took the world by storm. Seven can’t wait to share this incredible part of Australian rock history with our audience.”
CM Murphy said: “These guys are the new sensation, they already look like rock stars. This is going to be one hell of a TV series that not a single Australian will want to miss.”
Tim Farriss said: “I’ve been spending a lot of time with the cast and I’m amazed! At times I actually thought Michael was there! It has been all forms of emotions for me – I’m very excited.”
Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS commences production in Melbourne next week.
Other production credits include:
Producers: Kerrie Mainwaring and Andrew Prowse
Director: Daina Reid
Writers: Justin Monjo and Dave Warner.