Mandy McElhinney to play Gina Rinehart
Mandy McElhinney will play Gina Rinehart in Nine's upcoming miniseries.
Peter Ford leaked the winner to 2DAYFM this morning.
McElhinney is well-regarded for her performances in Love Child, Paper Giants and Howzat! but is best known for her “Rhonda” character in AAMI commercials.
The two-part miniseries is being produced by Michael Cordell, Claudia Karvan and Paul Bennett from Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder and was announced as airing in 2014.
In a two part mini-series, Gina tells the epic and often bizarre tale of the world’s richest woman Gina Rinehart and the Hancock/Rinehart dynasty.
In November 1952, Gina’s father Lang Hancock discovered the world’s largest iron ore deposit in WA’s Pilbara Ranges. It was a moment that forged a dynasty, changed the fortunes of an entire nation, and sowed the seeds of tragedy for Gina and her own family.
Gina tells the dramatic true story of the rise of the Hancock empire from Lang’s discovery through to the present day. Born into incredible wealth and privilege, young Gina was groomed by her father as his ‘cadet magnate’ and heir. Gina covers the incredible public feud between Gina and Lang’s second wife Rose Lacson; Gina’s struggle to rebuild the company following her father’s death; and Gina’s recent battles with her own children over their multi-billion dollar inheritance.
With exclusive inside knowledge of the workings of the Hancock/Rinehart families, this sprawling saga reveals a much-maligned billionaire whose life and wealth fascinates a nation.