Boba Fett actor Temuera Morrison is set to star in a new drama series titled Far North, which is currently shooting in the remote northern tip of New Zealand. Morrison stars alongside Robyn Malcolm (Top of the Lake) and they play an “everyday couple who foil an international crime ring’s largest ever deal in the Pacific.”
The series is based on a true story and it’s being produced for Sundance Now. The series was created by David White (This Town, Meat), who is also directing from a screenplay that he wrote with Suli Moa (Shortland Street, The Panthers) and Mingjian Cui (Inked, Meme).
Kelly Martin, CEO of South Pacific Pictures, said in a statement: “This project has been six years in the making and we are beyond thrilled to now be in the production phase. ‘Far North’ is an epic story based on real life events and audiences are going to be taken on an incredible journey when they watch the series.”
Shannon Cooper, VP of programming at Sundance Now, added: “Far North is an exact delivery on Sundance Now’s promise of providing our audiences with high-quality, thought-provoking, incredibly well-acted and captivating programming. This story only gets more interesting with each new piece of discovery.”
Sally Habbershaw – All3 Media EVP Americas called the series an “important co-production between the USA and New Zealand. South Pacific Pictures’ thoughtful telling of a genuinely extraordinary true story that saw international crime land on the quiet shores of a small community. The production’s investment into the local region and talent is a testament to the care taken by the production team into this emotional drama.”
The project will be shot over the next 14 weeks where the real events actually took place. The completed show will be delivered as six one-hour episodes.
The rest of the cast includes Dimitrius Schuster-Koloamatangi (The Panthers); Xana Tang (Mulan, Sweet Tooth); Fei Li (Island of Yesterday, Eternal Romance); Gabriel Chao Ren (Power Rangers, Cowboy Bebop); Maaka Pohatu (Savage, Wellington Paranormal); and Fay Tofilau (26:29).
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