Nicole Kidman

Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce also join Oz mystery drama

MUMBAI — Australia’s top Hollywood stars Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce are to head home. They will star in “Strangerland,” an Oz mystery drama about a couple whose teenage children go missing in the Outback.

The film is directed by Kim Farrant, from a script by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons. Production is tentatively set to begin in March 2014.

Production is by Naomi Wenck and Macdara Kelleher, for Dragonfly Pictures and Fastnet Films.

Financiers include Screen Australia, the Irish Film Board and equity financier Worldview Entertainment.

Transmission Films will handle local Australian distribution, while France’s Wild Bunch represents the picture in international territories.

Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners, Maria Cestone, Sarah E. Johnson, Andrew Mackie and Richard Payten are set as as exec producers.

Screen Australia, which announced its backing for the film on Monday as part of an A$32.3 million feature support package, described “Strangerland” as having a “strong creative potential and massive A-list festival potential.”

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