Deadline.com — The full story of Ned Kelly and his outlaw family isn’t widely known outside of Australia, despite several attempts to tell the story onscreen, notably a 1970 version starring The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger in the lead. After sitting out festival season with 2016’s videogame adaptation Assassin’s Creed, Justin Kurzel returned to TIFF with his attempt to put the record straight: based on Peter Carey’s 2000 book of the same name, True History of the Kelly Gang is a loose biopic of the armed robber who was executed by hanging in 1880, aged just 25.
“In Australia, he’s made out to be a beacon,” Kurzel explained with he stopped by the Deadline Studio. “[His image] was at the beginning of our opening ceremony at the Olympics. The right-wing use him as a kind of icon. He’s been kind of stolen by everyone as something that is Australian, and I was really curious about why we place a certain sense of who we are on him. He was a kid, when he died, and there was something about poking at the mythology of him that I thought could be really, really interesting.”
To play Ned, Kurzel chose a Brit: Captain Fantastic’s George Mackay. “My dad’s Australian, and there [were] all kinds of family ties,” Mackay recalled, “so when it all came together, the opportunity of auditioning for the story and playing this part was amazing. But after auditioning for Justin in the room, and talking about the possibility of the character, and reading Peter Carey’s book, it all changed. Because I was just seeing all the surface-level things of this icon of Australia, [and I wanted to know] who this man really was. Without getting too heavy, what’s truth?”
A Million Little Pieces will be in theaters in the UK on August 30th, 2019 and then later in the US on December 6th, 2019. You can watch the trailer below:
Here is the synopsis:
An alcoholic and a drug addict, 23 year-old James has two options: treatment or death. After waking up on a plane with a smashed up face and no memory of the past few weeks, he heads to rehab where he discovers much more than detox and therapy. As James endures the white-knuckle journey of mending his broken body, he heals his broken soul by connecting with other kindred spirits who also yearn and fight for a better life.
Based on the best-selling book by James Frey with a screenplay by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Sam Taylor-Johnson, the film also stars Billy Bob Thornton, Juliette Lewis, Giovanni Ribisi, and Odessa Young.
You can also view high quality screen captures of Charlie from the trailer in the gallery now.
On April 2nd, Charlie attended The State of the Industry Past, Present and Future and STXfilms Presentation the during the 2019 CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Nevada.During the presentation Charlie and Henry Golding discussed the upcoming Guy Ritchie film ‘The Gentleman’ which they both have roles in.
You can check out 100+ high quality photos and Charlie’s interviews from the event below:
Charlie stopped by Live with Kelly and Ryan to discuss his new film Triple Frontier. You can check out the interview below in case you missed it.
You might notice Charlie sporting the same attire from his TODAY Show appearance, that’s due them pre-recording this interview on March 4th as well while he was promoting Triple Frontier in New York. 😉
Charlie Hunnam and Garrett Hedlund open up about their new Netflix action-thriller “Triple Frontier”, about a South American heist that also stars Ben Affleck.