A talented ensemble of Australian actors have been cast in Mortal Engines, a film based on the award winning book series of the same name from British author Philip Reeve.
Australian actors Sophie Cox, Menik Gooneratne, Andrew Lees and Terry Norris join the cast, as well as Kiwi actors Mark Hadlow, Nathaniel Lees, Caren Pistorius, Joel Tobeck, Stephen Ure, Maria Walker, Khan West, Peter Rowley and Megan Edwards.
The film/books are set in a post apocalyptic world, where a sixty minute war has caused natural disasters to destroy earth and all natural ways of living. As a way to traverse the planet and scavenge for supplies, humanity has installed giant wheels and engines on the city of London. This technology eventually spreads granting Mortal Engines a steampunk setting.
Producing the film adaptation are Sir Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh (The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies), having been involved with the project for several years after optioning the rights from Scholastic. They co-wrote the screenplay with long-time collaborator Philippa Boyens (The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies).
Christian Rivers who has assisted Jackson in the visual effects department on Kong will direct. The film also stars Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Leila George, Stephen Lang and Jihae.
Production is slated to begin in New Zealand in Spring 2017, and the film is set to be released December 26, 2018.