Jacob Elordi has been cast to direct “The Narrow Road to the Deep North”, a limited series from Justin Kurzel and Shaun Grant.
The series, which has been in development in Fremantle for years and has now moved to Sony Pictures Television, is based on Richard Flanagan’s 2013 novel, which won critical acclaim and the Booker Prize. Elordi will star in the adaptation as main protagonist Dorrigo Evans, an Australian Army surgeon imprisoned in a Thai-Burmese camp. The original novel traverses multiple periods in Evans’ life, from his affair as a young man with his uncle’s wife to his wartime experiences to his days as an elderly man wracked with regret.
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“It’s great for Shaun and I to collaborate with a talented actor like Jacob,” Kurzel said in a statement shared with the press. “The Narrow Road to the Deep North needs a powerful presence, and it feels like this young actor and this extraordinary book came together at just the right time.”
The five-part series will be written by Grant and directed by Kurzel. The two have worked on several films together, including “Snowtown,” “True History of the Kelly Gang,” and “Nitram,” which won lead actor Caleb Landry Jones Best Actor at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. The two executive producers of the series with Flanagan, Rachel Gardner and Jo Porter, the general manager of Curio Pictures. The miniseries is one of the first projects of Curio, the Australian banner of Sony Television Picture, which opened last February. A streamer or network for the project has yet to be announced.
Australian native Elordi is best known for his role in HBO’s popular teen drama series “Euphoria,” where he plays Nate, a high school athlete who struggles with intense anger issues. He made his film debut in 2018 with Australian film “Swinging Safari” and starred in Netflix’s rom-com trilogy “The Kissing Booth.” This year, he had a supporting role in the Hulu erotic thriller “Deep Water,” which starred Ben Affleck and Ana De Armas and featured a screenplay co-written by “Euphoria” creator Sam Levinson. In the future, he will play Elvis in Sofia Coppola’s ‘Priscilla’ and star with Rosamund Pike in Emerald Fennell’s ‘Saltburn’.
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