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Hugh Dancy Joins Cast Of Mini-Series ‘Deadline Gallipoli’

‘Hannibal’ star Hugh Dancy is to join the cast of Sam’s WWI miniseries ‘Deadline Gallipoli’, and is set to play British war correspondent Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett.


The Australian production begins filming in Adelaide this week, and is set for a 2015 release on Foxtel to coincide with the centenary of Gallipoli.

Sam is starring in and producing the project which tells the story of the ill-fated WWI campaign from the perspective of Charles Bean, Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, Phillip Schuler and Keith Murdoch who reported on the events in 1915.

Dancy is the latest of a steadily growing number of big names to join the project, with British stage and screen thespian Charles Dance also signing on along with Fringe actress Anna Torv and legendary Aussie actor Bryan Brown.

Rising Aussie star Jessica De Gouw has also signed on along with Rachel Griffiths.

Deadline Gallipoli is one of several projects being produced in the lead up to the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli.

ABC are also releasing ANZAC Girls which is set to tell the tale of the war from the unique perspective of female nurses who worked on the Western Front and at Gallipoli.

Filming Begins For ‘Deadline Gallipoli’

Nine weeks of filming for the Foxtel-commissioned miniseries ‘Deadline Gallipoli’ begins today.

The series, which we first mentioned back in June 2012, sees Sam playing one of the lead roles as well as Executive Producing. His Full Clip Productions partners Michael and John Schwarz are also taking on behind-the-scenes roles as Executive Producer and Producer respectively.

The four-hour TV miniseries tells the story of the Gallipoli campaign through the eyes of Australian war correspondents Charles Bean (Joel Jackson) and Keith Murdoch (Ewen Leslie), photographer Philip Schuler (played by Sam) and Britain’s Ellis Ashmead Bartlett (Hugh Dancy).

Charles Dance is due to arrive next week to play the British General Sir Ian Hamilton who heads the British command at Gallipoli, and Sam is expected in Adelaide the following week.

In rehearsal late last week Hugh Dancy said he came into the role knowing relatively little about the Anzacs. In his coverage of the Gallipoli campaign, British journalist Bartlett wrote of the bravery of the Australian soldiers and is credited with starting the Anzac legend.

“I am interested because the focus of this in particular is the myth makers,” he said. “For better or for worse we mythologise things because they’re remarkable and they deserve to be remembered, and also because they’re such horrific events we can’t think of another way to respond to them.”

Winning the role of Charles Bean is a big break for NIDA graduate Joel Jackson, 22, a former musician from Western Australia who made a selfie screen test in remote Karratha using a camera on top of a crayfish crate after a day working in the mines.

Jackson has since read everything he can find about the Oxford-educated war historian C.E.W. Bean, including his diary, and has visited the Australian War Memorial in Canberra where Bean’s papers are held. He says the Anzac legend has helped Australians forge a sense of national identity by providing a common point of history and a story people can connect with.

“Anzac Day for me is the most special day of the year, always has been,” he says. “I grew up in Albany which is where they departed for Cairo and every year my grandfather would tell you the traditions of the Anzacs.”

Sydney-based actor Ewen Leslie has the job of playing war correspondent Keith Murdoch, who smuggled out a letter critical of the British command. Leslie said he had read what he could find about Sir Keith.

“I suppose you take as much stuff as you can and try to put together a picture of someone,” he said. “You bring parts of yourself to him and hopefully meet in the middle.”

Deadline Gallipoli is the third Gallipoli project to come to South Australia in less than a year following the ABC miniseries Anzac Girls and Russell Crowe’s blockbuster film The Water Diviner. The SA Government has invested $618,000 in Sam’s project which will use the Adelaide Studios and locations including Maslins Beach which will double as Anzac Cove. It is expected to give a $6 million boost to the economy.

Other actors to join the shoot are Rachel Griffiths, who plays Sir Ian’s society wife, Bryan Brown as General William Bridges and two Australian actors based in LA, Anna Torv and Jessica De Gouw.

The director is Australian Michael Rymer who, with Dancy, has just finished shooting a season of the television series Hannibal in Canada.

Sam Worthington’s ‘Soccer Aid’ Pride
Sam has spoken of his pride in being able to take part in last Sunday’s Unicef Soccer Aid 2014 match.
He said he is more proud of playing those 90 minutes of football than he was for starring in Avatar, the highest-grossing movie of all time.
Among other celebrities taking part in the event, organised by Robbie Williams who captained the ‘England’ side, were actors James McAvoy and Jeremy Renner and TV chef Gordon Ramsay.
The match, which was televised in Britain, was held at Manchester United’s Old Trafford, saw the ‘Rest of the World’ team featuring Sam beat ‘England’ 4-2, and raised the equivalent of $A7.2 million.
Sam said it was an honour to be part of the charity match, because it meant he could make a real difference in some way.
“My job is my job and it gives me opportunities where you can be part of something that is much bigger,” he said.
“That’s what you want to do. It isn’t about whether you make movies or make music, it’s about kids who are suffering or dying in these countries. If we can raise awareness, that’s far beyond anything that I’ve ever accomplished in my life. This will be the pinnacle of my life, to be part of something that might actually help the world.”

Sam Worthington’s ‘Soccer Aid’ Pride

Sam has spoken of his pride in being able to take part in last Sunday’s Unicef Soccer Aid 2014 match.

He said he is more proud of playing those 90 minutes of football than he was for starring in Avatar, the highest-grossing movie of all time.

Among other celebrities taking part in the event, organised by Robbie Williams who captained the ‘England’ side, were actors James McAvoy and Jeremy Renner and TV chef Gordon Ramsay.

The match, which was televised in Britain, was held at Manchester United’s Old Trafford, saw the ‘Rest of the World’ team featuring Sam beat ‘England’ 4-2, and raised the equivalent of $A7.2 million.

Sam said it was an honour to be part of the charity match, because it meant he could make a real difference in some way.

“My job is my job and it gives me opportunities where you can be part of something that is much bigger,” he said.

“That’s what you want to do. It isn’t about whether you make movies or make music, it’s about kids who are suffering or dying in these countries. If we can raise awareness, that’s far beyond anything that I’ve ever accomplished in my life. This will be the pinnacle of my life, to be part of something that might actually help the world.”

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Three New TV Spots For ‘Sabotage’ Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger & Sam Worthington

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Three New TV Spots For ‘Sabotage’ Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger & Sam Worthington

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Sam Worthington & Jennifer Aniston Star In ‘Cake’
Sam has joined Jennifer Aniston on the indie movie ‘Cake’, a project on which Jennifer is also acting as executive producer.
The movie has a huge cast which includes: Sam, Jennifer, Anna Kendrick, Chris Messina, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Mamie Gummer, Lucy  Walters and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.
'Cake' is written by Patrick Tobin and directed by Daniel Barnz and is based on a screenplay which made the 2013 Black List of the best unproduced scripts in Hollywood.
The story follows Claire Simmons (Jennifer Aniston), a recently divorced and severely depressed young woman. When Claire discovers the suicide of Nina (Kendrick), a woman in her chronic pain support group, Claire quite literally becomes haunted by her story and begins to uncover details about her, resulting in a poignant relationship developing between her and Nina’s husband (Sam).
Chris Messina is to play Claire’s ex-husband who still cares about her deeply, while Felicity Huffman plays the facilitator of the support group

Sam Worthington & Jennifer Aniston Star In ‘Cake’

Sam has joined Jennifer Aniston on the indie movie ‘Cake’, a project on which Jennifer is also acting as executive producer.

The movie has a huge cast which includes: Sam, Jennifer, Anna Kendrick, Chris Messina, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Mamie Gummer, Lucy  Walters and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.

'Cake' is written by Patrick Tobin and directed by Daniel Barnz and is based on a screenplay which made the 2013 Black List of the best unproduced scripts in Hollywood.

The story follows Claire Simmons (Jennifer Aniston), a recently divorced and severely depressed young woman. When Claire discovers the suicide of Nina (Kendrick), a woman in her chronic pain support group, Claire quite literally becomes haunted by her story and begins to uncover details about her, resulting in a poignant relationship developing between her and Nina’s husband (Sam).

Chris Messina is to play Claire’s ex-husband who still cares about her deeply, while Felicity Huffman plays the facilitator of the support group

Sam Worthington Joins Cast Of ‘Everest’
Sam is to join the stellar cast of climbing drama ‘Everest’.
Based on Jon Krakauer’s best-selling book ‘Into Thin Air’, the drama follows an ill-fated attempt at the summit of Mount Everest in 1996 which resulted in the loss of eight climbers, bringing the total killed that year to 15, the single deadliest year in Everest’s climbing history.
Sam will play Guy Cotter, a scaling expert from New Zealand and stars alongside Robin Wright, Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin and John Hawkes as members of two separate expeditions.
Principal photography started in February and Universal has already announced that the film, directed by Baltasar Kormákur, will be released on September 18th 2015.
The film was also co-written by Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire” scribe Simon Beaufoy.
More details as we get them…

Sam Worthington Joins Cast Of ‘Everest’

Sam is to join the stellar cast of climbing drama ‘Everest’.

Based on Jon Krakauer’s best-selling book ‘Into Thin Air’, the drama follows an ill-fated attempt at the summit of Mount Everest in 1996 which resulted in the loss of eight climbers, bringing the total killed that year to 15, the single deadliest year in Everest’s climbing history.

Sam will play Guy Cotter, a scaling expert from New Zealand and stars alongside Robin Wright, Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin and John Hawkes as members of two separate expeditions.

Principal photography started in February and Universal has already announced that the film, directed by Baltasar Kormákur, will be released on September 18th 2015.

The film was also co-written by Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire” scribe Simon Beaufoy.

More details as we get them…

New Trailer For Sabotage Starring Sam Worthington & Arnold Schwarzenegger