One of the most intriguing rising talents in Australia, the ever-luminous Sarah Snook, has been announced as the co-lead alongside Sam Reid in the upcoming adaptation of Andrew Masterson's novel The Second Coming
Much-cited as one of David Fincher's final choices for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Snook has been quietly building up an array of impressive performances since her breakout role in Sisters of War. She was easily the best thing about the ill-conceived (heh) promiscuous procreation comedy Not Suitable For Children, and last week was also announced as part of the key cast for apocalyptic thriller These Final Hours.
Sam Reid's been quietly amassing his own string of impressive roles. He scored a role in HBO's mini-series Hatfields & McCoys, was in horror-comedy Redd Inc., and has an upcoming role in Jonathan Teplitzky's The Railway Man.
Written and directed by David Barker and produced by the team at Aquarius Films who brought us Kieran Darcy-Smith's dynamic first feature Wish You Were Here this year, The Second Coming is a dystopian noir tale that tells the story of Joe Panther, a guy who thinks he's Jesus.
Joe Panther is pissed off as all hell. He believes he's been alive for two thousand years, is still thirty-three and rivers of blood have been spilled in his name. When he wakes in an alleyway next to Gina Compton's dead body he becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation. To save himself, Joe must outplay the draconian laws of a corrupt dystopian society, survive a dangerous cult leader, appease the dead girl's jilted lover and uncover who the real killer is.
Let's hope it has something of the vibe of Hal Hartley's excellent and satirical The Book of Life
, as opposed to being a mere anti-religious diatribe for the new-atheist generation. The film currently in the middle of a crowd-funding campaign
with the view to filming in early 2013.
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