New Zealand actor Jay Ryan (Beauty and the Beast, Sea Patrol, Neighbours, Go Girls) will star in Foxtel’s upcoming local drama Fighting Season.
News Corp reports he will play unit commander, Sgt Sean Collins, in the six part drama about Australian soldiers returning from Afghanistan.
The series by Blake Ayshford (Devil’s Playground, Barracuda) focusses on the impact of war on the invisible men and women who fight for our country, and produced by Goalpost Pictures.
The cast also includes ex-Navy diver, Paul de Gelder, who lost his arm and leg in a Sydney Harbour shark attack, in his first acting role, Ewen Leslie, Marco Alois and George Pullar.
Foxtel Head of Drama Penny Win previously said: “Fighting Season will be a powerful and provocative addition to Foxtel’s drama slate of great Australian storytelling. The drama explores a masculine world, unpicking the mythology surrounding ‘The Diggers’ and the reality of being a modern soldier, as they try to live up to the heroic expectations placed on them by society, and themselves. Their transition from a high-adrenaline existence to being loving husbands and partners is both fascinating and incredibly moving.
The series will begin filming this week and will air in 2018.