ABC3 has announced the cast for its small screen adaptation of Tomorrow, When the War Began.
The 6 part adventure-drama, produced by Ambience Entertainment, is based on John Marsden’s bestselling novels.
The cast features Molly Daniels (You’re Skitting Me, The Librarians) as Ellie, Jon Prasida (Hiding) as Lee, Narek Arman (Packed to the Rafters, Dance Academy) as Homer, Madeleine Madden (The Code, Redfern Now) as Corrie, Fantine Banulski (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, You’re Skitting Me) as Robyn, Keith Purcell (Neighbours) as Chris and newcomers Madeleine Clunies-Ross as Fi and Andrew Creer (WAAPA) as Kevin.
They will be joined by Sibylla Budd, Deborah Mailman, James Stewart and Alison Bell.
Producer Michael Boughen said, “This is an exceptional cast of talented performers completely engaged with the material who will bring a new, dynamic energy to the story.”
ABC Head of Children’s TV, Deirdre Brennan said, “We are proud to welcome an outstanding cast to this ground-breaking production for young Australians – an incredible combination of ABC3 alumni, new faces and established local talent. I know our audience will be excited to see these characters brought to life on our screens!”
Director Brendan Maher said “Given the right circumstances everyone can be a hero. Our characters are faced with heart thumping jeopardy and spirit breaking dilemmas. How will they react? John Marsden has given us a truthful, enriching template on how to be the best we can.”
This dramatic adventure series tells the story of a group of teenagers who are separated from their families following an invasion of their country, a conflict they never saw coming. The dilemmas faced by these characters are important and compelling. In a time of rapidly changing world events, the themes of Tomorrow, When the War Began have never been more relevant.
Set to air in 2016, it will shoot in and around Melbourne from September 14.