SAM NEILL AND FRANCES O’CONNOR SPEARHEAD AUSTRALIAN ENSEMBLE CAST AS PRODUCTION BEGINS
BINGE was today joined by Screenwest to announce the stellar ensemble cast for Season 2 of the critically acclaimed and award-winning series, The Twelve, with production now underway across Perth and regional Western Australia.
The Twelve Season 2 will be WA’s biggest ever production and will bring together one of the largest ensembles of any series produced in Australia.
Celebrated international actor Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, Peaky Blinders) reprises his role as Brett Colby, SC alongside Frances O’Connor (The End, AI) as Meredith Nelson-Moore, SC in Western Australia to take on a high profile murder case.
Joining them is an all-star Australian cast including: Tasma Walton (Mystery Road, Sweet As), Kris McQuade (Rosehaven, Deadloch), Amy Mathews (A Place to Call Home, The Claremont Murders), Erroll Shand (The Clearing, One Night), Fayssal Bazzi (Shantaram, Stateless), Josh McKenzie (La Brea, Five Bedrooms), Anthony Brandon Wong (Queen of Oz, The Family Law), Stefanie Caccamo (Fighting Season, Three Summers), Sharon Johal (Neighbours, Shantaram), Luke Pegler (Ladies In Black, Hacksaw Ridge), Adriano Cappelletta (In Our Blood, Apples Never Fall), Nelson Baker (The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, Bad Mothers), Greg McNeill (How To Please A Woman, Kid Snow), Suesha Rana (Itch, How To Please A Woman), Brad Francis (Radio Man, Kid Snow), Keith Robinson (Mystery Road 2, Bump) and Isabelle Bäsén.
Supporting cast include Shareena Clanton (Joe vs Carole, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart), Anthony Hayes (Gold, Total Control), Myles Pollard (Mystery Road, Danger Close), Gerald Lepkowski (The Death of Stalin, Emily), Katherine Pearson (The Gloaming, The Mousetrap), Caroline Brazier (Year Of, Mystery Road: Origin), Kaila Ferrelli (Entangled, Honeymoon), Jennah Bannear (The Heights, Caravan) and Steve Le Marquand (Two Hands, Beneath Hill 60).
The Twelve is a gripping crime drama which follows a controversial murder trial seen through the lens of the jurors – 12 ordinary Australians who are facing their own realities and struggles.
Alison Hurbert-Burns, Executive Director, Commissioning, Content and BINGE said: “The cameras are rolling in WA on this multi-award winning BINGE original The Twelve. To have Sam Neill return, and to welcome Frances O’Connor, as part of a large and diverse ensemble cast featuring many local creatives and talent, is exciting.
“We have wanted to produce in WA for a long time, so it’s great to be here creating the next installment of the award winning The Twelve, with over 150 West Australian cast and crew, and hundreds of extras, helping to make it happen.”
Michael Brooks, Managing Director of Warner Bros. International Television Production Australia said: “On behalf of our incredible cast on The Twelve Season 2, I want to thank Rikki Lea Bestall and everyone at Screenwest along with the West Australian Government for their unwavering support and hospitality. I also want to shine the spotlight on the hundreds of talented WA crew working tirelessly to make The Twelve Season 2 another premium, award-winning series.”
Ian Collie, Rob Gibson and Ally Henville of Easy Tiger said: “We are thrilled to be working with BINGE and Warner Bros Australia on the second season of the award winning drama The Twelve. And it’s exciting to locate both the crime and the trial in regional Western Australia with its gorgeous rural landscape and to showcase the wonderful talent in this state”
Rikki Lea Bestall, Screenwest CEO said: “Welcome to WA, The Twelve! Screenwest is thrilled to have so many high-profile actors and incredible producers working in Western Australia alongside our WA cast and crew. The Twelve is a significant opportunity for our local screen industry and we are excited to be working with BINGE, Warner Bros. International Television Production Australia and Easy Tiger to produce a premium Australian series in WA.”
WA Premier Roger Cook said: “The Twelve is the largest-ever production of its kind to be filmed here in Western Australia, and we’re incredibly excited to welcome it to our State.
“Securing this premium series is a fantastic outcome that will not only create local jobs, but enable skill development and deliver a significant return on our investment.
“Our fantastic local talent and stunning settings for this series will help to showcase Western Australia to the world as a viable location for film and television productions.”
The Twelve Season 2 is written by Sarah L. Walker, Anchuli Felicia King, Anya Beyersdorf and Anna Barnes. The series will be set-up directed by Western Australian director Stevie Cruz-Martin (Safe Home, Pulse) alongside another Western Australian director, Ben Young (Hounds of Love, Clickbait), Mark Joffe (Working Class Boy, Jack Irish) and Emma Jackson (Deb, Walk Run Strive). The series will be produced by Warner Bros. International Television Production Australia and Easy Tiger with major production investment from Screenwest and the Western Australian Production Attraction Incentive and will be distributed globally by Fifth Season. Executive Producers Michael Brooks, Sarah L. Walker, Alison Hurbert-Burns, Penny Win and Sam Neill. Producers are Hamish Lewis, Ian Collie, Rob Gibson and Ally Henville. Commissioning Editor and Head of Scripted Originals, Lana Greenhalgh.
The Twelve Season two will also be available to watch on Fox Showcase and stream On Demand on FOXTEL.
Photo Credit BINGE / David Dare Parker. From left Ben Young, Luke Pegler, Alison Hurbert-Burns, Hon David Templeman, Fayssal Bazzi, Tasma Walton and Rikki Lea Bestall.