Shooting has been underway on Nowhere Boys in Melbourne, the latest series from Matchbox Pictures.
The ABC3 series was formerly known as The Lost Boys but has had a title change for copyright reasons.
The 13 x 30min series follows four mismatched teenage boys who return from a school trip to discover they have come back to an alternate world where they no longer exist.
It features Joel Lok, Dougie Baldwin, Rahart Sadiqzai and Matthew Testro.
The series is produced by Tony Ayres (The Slap, Underground: The Julian Assange Story) and Beth Frey (Next Stop Hollywood, Dr Sarmast’s Music School). Directors are Daina Reid (Paper Giants: Magazine Wars, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War), Peter Carstairs (September), Alister Grierson (Sanctum and Kokoda) and Craig Irvin who is also a writer on the series.
Executive Producers are Michael McMahon (Next Stop Hollywood, Anatomy and The Slap) and Helen Panckhurst (The Straits and My Place).
Jessica Marais, who has been filming the big-budget period drama Magic City in the US, will star in the Nine Network’s new drama series Love Child.
CHANNEL 9 has continued its raid on rival Sevens talent stable, confirming Packed To The Rafters stars Jessica Marais and Ryan Corr will headline Nines new drama series, Love Child.
The eight-part mini-series, a joint production between Nine and the creators of House Husbands, Playmaker Media, has also signed The Slap’s Jonathan LaPaglia and Howzat favourite, Mandy McElhinney for the TV romp which begins in 1960s Kings Cross.
The new local drama, announced during Nine’s Logies telecast, has been touted as a character journey following those “caught in the crossfire…of the cultural and sexual revolution.”
“Their lives intersect between the Haven, a maternity hospital and home for unwed mothers, and the wild streets of Darlinghurst beyond the hospital walls.”
Marais will return from the US where she has been filming the cable series, Magic City and juggling motherhood after giving birth to her daughter, Scout Edie.
Mandy McElhinney also stars in the drama about a Sydney home for unwed mothers in the 1960s. Picture: Nigel Lough
The network’s co-head of drama, Jo Rooney said: “Love Child is a compelling and uplifting series that will appeal to every generation, from Gen Y to baby boomers and beyond.
“The stories of young women and men fighting an unjust system are as relevant today as they were in the colourful, confronting and liberating world of Kings Cross in 1969.”
Pre-production is expected to start in Sydney shortly, with further cast announcements to come.
Home And Away star Luke Mitchell, 27, has landed a key role in US drama, Tomorrow People.
Just three weeks after relocating from Australia to try his luck in Hollywood, the newlywed has scored the role of John Young, a member of a new species dubbed the “Tomorrow People”, in the drama.
Based on the series created by Roger Price, which aired in the UK in the 1970s, the sci-fi program revolves around several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, possessing special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically.
Described as “dark, handsome and cool under pressure”, John’s special ability is teleportation.