Nine has announced full cast on Underbelly Files: Chopper with Aaron Jeffery currently filming the title role in Melbourne.
But the two part miniseries has also been pushed back to 2018.
Joining Jeffery as Mark Brandon Read, are Michael Caton his father, Keith, Todd Lasance as Chopper’s nemesis Syd Collins, and Ella Scott Lynch as his second wife, Margaret.
Also featuring are Zoe Ventoura as Chopper’s first wife Mary Ann, plus Jane Allsop, Reef Ireland, Alex Tsitsopoulos and Anna Bamford, with original Underbelly stars Vince Colosimo and Kevin Harrington returning as Alphonse Gangitano and Lewis Moran, plus Debra Byrne reprising her 2014 portrayal of Judy Moran.
Nine Drama execs Andy Ryan and Jo Rooney said: “As a hardened gangster and loving family man, ‘Chopper’ Read was one of Australia’s most complex and compelling crooks. Prepare to be shocked and entertained as Aaron Jeffery brings a whole new dimension to the Chopper legend, supported by many of Australia’s finest actors.”
Screentime CEO Bob Campbell said, “With this new take on the Mark ‘Chopper’ Read story Screentime is delighted to be reuniting our ‘A team’ for a mesmerising mini-series which will bring the fourth instalment of Underbelly: Files to Nine for 2018, in classic style,”
Underbelly Files: Chopper will be produced by Kerrie Mainwaring and Karl Zwicky, with Screentime’s Chief Executive Officer, Rory Callaghan, and Executive Chairman, Bob Campbell, executive producers alongside the Nine Network’s joint Heads of Drama, Jo Rooney and Andy Ryan. Peter Andrikidis, who helmed several episodes of Fat Tony & Co. as well as the seminal season of Underbelly, will direct the mini-series, which has been written by Justin Monjo. Underbelly aficionados, cinematographer Joe Pickering and production designer Paddy Reardon, will also return.
Underbelly Files: Chopper, a Screentime production in association with Nine Network, will be filmed on location in Melbourne throughout August and go to air on the Nine Network next year.
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