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Guy Pearce snarls’ Animal’ role

Actor to play troubled cop in Aussie drama

SYDNEY — Guy Pearce has inked to play a troubled cop in “Animal Kingdom,” an Aussie drama about 17-year-old boy torn between his criminal family and the cop who thinks he can save him.

Joel Edgerton, Jackie Weaver and Ben Mendelsohn are also attached.

Pic is the feature debut of shorts writer/helmer David Michod.

It will be repped for international sale by Maximum Sales and distribbed in Oz by Madman and paybox Showtime.

“Animal Kingdom” was financed by federal coin agency Screen Australia on Tuesday.

The org also approved investment in “Underbelly 2,” the second series of the Nine Network’s hit crime skein, produced by Screentime and currently in production.

Four films will receive a Letter of Intent containing the terms and conditions of proposed Screen Australia funding that producers must satisfy before tapping the coin.

Helmer Ray Lawrence’s thriller “Being Dead” is based on Jim Crace’s book, adapted by Beatrix Christian for See-Saw Films and Greenpoint Films. It revolves around a woman who finds the decayed bodies of her long-estranged parents when she returns home.

Comedy “I Love You Too” is the debut of radio and TV comic Peter Helliar to be produced by Yael Bergman with “We Can Be Heroes” producer Laura Waters.

“Lou” is the second feature for Belinda Chayko from producers Helen Bowden, Michael McMahon and Tony Ayers.

“Pangs” will team producer Robert Raymond and helmer Greg Woodland on a story of a suburban vampire who works as a crisis counselor.