Australian actor Eric Bana returns in follow-up thriller to The Dry

By all accounts, it’s the perfect cocktail.

An internationally famous Australian actor with Hollywood status – Eric Bana.

A novel that follows a crime thriller The dry (2021) with the same key character written by award-winning Melbourne author Jane Harper.

And an adaptation for a feature film shot entirely on location in Victoria’s scenic regional Yarra Valley, Dandenongs and Otways.

Shake it and we have Force of naturea feature film in the making with a gripping script and its star, Detective Aaron Falk, back in the game to investigate the disappearance of a hiker.

Bana (Chopper, Black Hawk Down) said he was delighted to be able to return to his role as a federal agent.

“Jeanne [Harper] has once again provided an exciting story that gives us another chance to showcase a unique and incredible Australian landscape,” said Bana.

Harper, on set this week with Bana, writer and director Robert Connolly and producers, said The new daily she has “tremendous confidence in their ability to create a film that readers will love”.

“It’s a leap of faith to entrust my own creative work to someone else, so it helps a lot to have a team that I trust,” Harper said.

“I visited the set this week to see the location and meet some of the actors, and what they are doing looks fantastic.”

“Very moving” return to the big screen

With The dry reach #1 at the Australian box office and grossing $20 million worldwide, it’s no wonder Screen Australia wants a follow-up, and Bana is also keen to get back on camera after a significant absence.

The official synopsis of Force of nature is about five women going on a corporate hiking retreat, and only four going out the other side.

Detective Falk and Carmen Cooper (played by Jacqueline McKenzie, Trample Romper) travel deep into the Victorian mountain ranges to investigate in hopes of finding their whistleblower informant, Alice Russell (played by Anna Torv, The newsreader, spirit hunter), alive.

In a May 2021 YouTube interview, Bana was asked about returning to the big screen with a feature film and the appeal of Harper’s first adaptation. The dry, filmed in 2019 during a prolonged drought in the Wimmera Mallee region of northwest Victoria.

“It was very emotional and I love it [Harper]The representation of the landscape by… I felt very protective of the opportunity to do the adaptation.

“It was one of the first films shot in large format here in Australia with this sensor. We wanted to do the most cinematic version. Our intention was always for it to be a theatrical release…it was a massive film here in Australia.

Deborra-Lee Furness is part of the group of Australian actors involved in the film. Photo: Presentation tour

This time, the cast and crew of Force of nature are spot on in the thick forests and scrubby bush on the outskirts of Melbourne.

“Eric Bana was an inspired choice for Aaron Falk, and I can’t imagine anyone better in the role. Readers have completely embraced Eric as Falk, and he really brought out the heart and soul perfectly. soul of the character,” Harper said. DT.

“I can’t say how thrilled I am to have Eric reprise the role of Falk…and I know that once again he will lead the audience through the story in such an engaging way.”

Harper said she loves writing about Australia and there’s nothing better than seeing her stories brought to the big screen by “an extremely talented group of Australian creatives”.

She added: “The setting is always such an important part of the story for me, so I’m really happy that we can celebrate our fantastic landscapes with both The dry and Force of nature be made locally.

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Bana’s classic brooding cop scene in the local pub as he investigates the unsolved death of a teenage girl decades earlier. Photo: Presentation tour

The film received a major production investment from Screen Australia in association with VicScreen.

Victorian Creative Industries Minister Danny Pearson said the government’s $191.5 million VCSCREEN strategy was “bringing more productions to regional destinations and creating thousands of jobs across the state”.

“From Jane Harper who won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for The dry to now have a second Victorian feature film in the works – it’s an amazing Victorian creative achievement that will inject $10 million into the state’s economy and showcase Victoria’s regions to the world,” he said. -he declares.

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