Luke Hemsworth and “V” actor Charles Mesure are set to lead an impressive cast for the upcoming WWI-set Australian film “The 34th Battalion”.
The $20 million project follows The 34th Battalion, the Australian infantry group formed just after the disastrous Gallipoli campaign.
The film’s story follows four friends from the town of Maitland in rural New South Wales who join the group and serve on the Western Front.
In their first engagement, they saved the French town of Villers-Bretonneux. They later played key roles in the battle of Amiens and the battle of St Quentin Canal, the first full breach of the Hindenburg Line.
Emilie de Ravin, Les Hill, Nick Farnell, Clare van der Boom, Henry Nixon, Andrew Lees, Vince Colosimo, Ashley Zuckerman, Tony Bonner and Khan Chittenden also star.
Luke Sparke will direct and co-wrote the script with his father Ian Sparke. Shooting kicks off early next year.