Luke Bracey and Nick Nolte have boarded Australian action-thriller “Poacher” for Arclight Films, Variety has learned exclusively.
Kriv Stenders, whose credits include “Red Dog” and “Australia Day,” has signed on to direct from a script by Thomas Martin (“All That Way for Love”). Arclight Films CEO Gary Hamilton made the announcement Nov. 2 at the American Film Market, where Arclight Films will launch international sales outside of North America.
Inspired by true events, “Poacher” is the cautionary tale of a young man, portrayed by Bracey, motivated by vengeance. He goes to war with Nolte’s fishing baron, who rules the town, and is transformed from a small-time abalone poacher into a criminal gang boss. “Poacher” will be shot against the Tasmanian coastal landscape.
Producers are Ashley McLeod, Teresa Ticehurst and James M. Vernon. The producers retain North American rights to the project.
Bracey starred in “Hacksaw Ridge” and the “Point Break” remake.
” ‘Poacher’ is an elevated crime drama that is a clever fusion of two genres — a thrilling sea adventure about a maverick abalone diver and a classic story of survival, family, betrayal, corruption, loyalty, sacrifice and redemption,” said McLeod.
“We’re thrilled Kriv Stenders will be directing this modern-day Western about the creation of a folk hero,” said Hamilton. “He is the master of capturing beautiful and varied landscapes, and has an amazing vision for this astounding true-life story.”