Rachel Hurd-Wood (“Dorian Gray,” “Peter Pan,” “Perfume”) is set to play Corrie McKenzie in the film adaptation of the teen sci-fi novel series “Tomorrow: When the War Began” for Ambience Entertainment.
Hurd-Wood joins a raft of Australian actors including Chris Pang (Lee), Deniz Akeniz (Homer), Andy Ryan (Chris), Lincoln Lewis (Kevin), Phoebe Tonkin (Fiona), Ashleigh Cummings (Robyn) and Caitlin Stasey as the film’s pivotal character, Ellie Linton.
Based on the first of seven novels in the series by John Marsden, the “Red Dawn”-esque story is set in a time when Australia has been invaded and is now occupied by an unspecified foreign power.
The action follows Ellie who is part of a small band of teenagers waging a guerrilla war on the enemy garrison in their fictional home town of Wirrawee.
Scribe Stuart Beattie (“Collateral,” “Derailed,” “30 Days of Night”) makes his directorial debut on the project. Shooting kicks off in Sydney’s Hunter Valley at the end of September.
Paramount Pictures will handle distribution and marketing of the film in Australia and New Zealand.