Former Offspring star Matthew Le Nevez is headed back to TEN to star as Peter Brock in the drama event Brock.
Ella Scott Lynch will play his long term partner, Bev Brock.
“It’s a privilege to be involved in the Brock project. Growing up as a kid, I watched Peter conquer the mountain many times and now to be playing him, I am extremely excited. I hope to honour the man, his family, and his legacy. He is an Aussie icon like no other,” said Le Nevez.
Also cast are Brendan Cowell as Allan Moffat, Natalie Bassingthwaighte as girlfriend Julie Bamford and Steve Bisley as Holden recruiter, Harry Firth.
TEN Head of Drama, Rick Maier, said: “This is the true story of one of our favourite sons. Peter Brock. Legend. A man who was a hero to a generation of Australians. He was loved and admired by many, but few knew the real Peter Brock.
“He made his name on the track, winning Bathurst 500/1000 nine times, but it was his life off the track that earned him the nickname ‘Not so Perfect Peter’. He was complex, troubled and full of self-doubt. An enigma. He was also a champion. “Attention to detail on Brock has been second to none and now, with this brilliant cast attached, this production is ready to hit the track,” he said.
Endemol Shine Australia CEO, Mark Fennessy, said: “We’re extremely proud to confirm such an extraordinary and talented cast for this profound and unique Australian story. This really is big event television at its very best.”
Bev Brock has previously criticised the project, sight unseen, after selling the rights to his biography to another production company.
Brock was due later this year but will now screen in 2016.
He was a hero to generations of Australians, winning the Bathurst 1000 nine times and dominating motorsport for more than two decades. But the King of the Mountain was also a complex person, plagued by self-doubt. The Peter Brock Story, which will be produced by Shine Australia, tells the story of a unique Australian in a high-octane drama event.