When it comes to outlaw legends they don’t come bigger than Ned Kelly, the famed Australian bushranger who waged a guerrilla war throughout the outback and who continues to have mass cultural appeal throughout Australia and the world.
Now Kelly’s rogue life is to be brought to the big screen once more in True History of the Kelly Gang, which adapts the critically revered book by author Peter Carey and finds director Justin Kurzel (Macbeth, Assassins Creed) once again getting down and gritty here.
Here’s the full synopsis:
The story of Australian bush-ranger Ned Kelly and his gang as they flee from authorities during the 1870s.
We’ve now got our first look at the series which stars George MacKay as Ned Kelly, Russell Crowe as Harry Power, Nicholas Hoult as Constable Fitzpatrick, Essie Davis as Ellen Kelly and Charlie Hunnam as Sergeant O’Neill.
In a series of gritty and raw images, Kurzel shows that he’s really diving into the mud and muck of turn of the century Australia and this film looks like it will be filled with amazing images that are sure to be stark and bold.
Alongside an incredible narrative and the legend of this famed outlaw, Kurzel also has a fantastic lead in form of George MacKay, who is rapidly becoming one of Hollywood’s rising stars, alongside noted thespians including Academy Award winner Russell Crowe and fan favourite Charlie Hunnam.
With a flair for a dramatic and talent for capturing phenomenal imagery, I believe we’ll once again see Kurzel back in his element with True History of the Kelly Gang, and this one will be a real treat for cinema fans.
True History of the Kelly Gang will be released later this year.
Images: IFC Films