Stan has announced the Stan Original Film Gold will start filming in South Australia this month and will premiere on Stan in 2021.
The Stan Original film Gold will star Zac Efron (The Greatest Showman, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile) – making it his first project since arriving in Australia earlier this year.
AACTA Award-winning actor and filmmaker Anthony Hayes (Animal Kingdom, The Light Between Oceans, War Machine) will direct and co-star star with award-winning actress Susie Porter (Ladies in Black, The Second) based on a screenplay he co-wrote with Polly Smyth.
The announcement comes after Stan recently revealed it is ramping up its slate of local and internationally produced Stan Original television series and films. The announcement of its latest original productions and development slate – which include Eden, Bump, Dom and Adrian: 2020, After The Night, A Sunburnt Christmas and now Gold – reflects its biggest commitment to locally produced content yet. Gold will also add to Stan’s lineup of AACTA nominated films including True History of the Kelly Gang, I Am Woman and Relic.
The film will be released in cinemas through Madman Entertainment with Altitude Films handling worldwide sales of the film.
Set against the backdrop of a vast, unique and unforgiving landscape, Gold is a taut thriller about greed and the lengths people will go to secure themselves a fortune.
When two drifters travelling through the outback stumble across the biggest gold nugget ever found, the dream of immense wealth and greed takes hold. They hatch a plan to protect and excavate their bounty with one man leaving to secure the necessary equipment. The other man remains and must endure the harsh desert climate, preying wolves and intruders, whilst battling the creeping doubt that he has been abandoned to his own fate.
John Schwarz and Michael Schwarz will produce through their Deeper Water Films banner (Killerman, Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan), alongside Hayes for Rogue Star Pictures.
Executive producers are Andrew Mann, Peter Touche, Simon Williams, Paul Wiegard, Will Clarke, Andy Mayson, Nick Forward and Mike Runagall, Consultant Producer is Shana Levine.
“This is an exciting, gripping and timely tale about greed, humanity, who we are, what we’ve done to the world and where we are heading if we aren’t careful,” said Hayes. “To have Zac Efron as my main man on this film is an absolute gift and to see what he is creating already is like nothing we’ve seen from him before. I can’t wait to deliver this bold, visceral and cinematic film to audiences all around the world.”
Gold was developed and financed with the assistance of the South Australian Film Corporation.