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4 September 2009

Caitlin Stasey as Ellie

Caitlin Stasey as Ellie (Photo by Tony Mott)

‘Tomorrow: When the War Began’- first cast member confirmed
Ambience Entertainment announced today that the Director of TOMORROW:
WHEN THE WAR BEGAN, Stuart Beattie has found his Ellie Linton, the
pivotal character in John Marsden’s best-selling series of books which have
sold nearly 2 million copies in Australia and New Zealand.

Ellie will be played by nineteen year-old Australian actress Caitlin Stasey.
“There was an exhaustive audition process and I have been privileged to see
some very talented young actors. Caitlin captured the perfect balance of
intelligence, vulnerability and strength that is essential to this character.” said
Stuart Beattie.

Nineteen year-old Caitlin Stasey’s credits include the lead role of Rachel
Kinski on ‘Neighbours’, Frankie in ‘The Sleepover Club’ and more recently
‘Snow White’ in the UK’s Theatre Royal production of the classic fairytale. On
landing the highly sought-after role of Ellie, Caitlin said “I was ecstatic!. I have
a lot of respect for Ellie’s character and feel privileged to be playing such an
inspirational young female role”

Beattie wrote the screenplay and will make his directorial debut on
‘TOMORROW: WHEN THE WAR BEGAN’. Beattie’s screenwriting credits
include Australia, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Pirates of the Caribbean: The
Curse of the Black Pearl and Collateral. Beattie said: “I was instantly attracted
to this project because I was looking to make a character- based but
commercial action movie set in Australia that could compete on the
international stage. ‘TOMORROW’ has all the action, but also has the heart.
Ellie and her friends are all wonderful, complex, engaging characters who
make the ride worth so much more than the price of admission.”

Paramount Pictures will handle distribution and marketing of the film in
Australia and New Zealand. Principal investor Omnilab Media, through its
production arm, Ambience Entertainment, will take the first novel in the series,
‘TOMORROW: WHEN THE WAR BEGAN’ from page to screen.

With production investment from Screen Australia and assistance from the
NSW Dept of State and Regional Development, the film will be produced
entirely in Australia with production on the classic teen novel scheduled to
commence principal photography in the Hunter Valley at the end of
September.

 

 

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