Readying to shoot in Christchurch from next week, Miranda Harcourt and Stuart McKenzie’s The Changeover has named its cast.
Timothy Spall is the highest-profile international actor named. A Cannes winner (Best Actor, 2014, Mr Turner) Spall is most-recognised internationally for his time as Peter Pettigrew aka Wormtail in several of the Harry Potter titles. He also appeared in 2003 feature The Last Samurai, most of which was shot in Auckland and Taranaki. Spall’s son, Rafe, has recently featured alongside Keisha Castle-Hughes in US TV series Roadies. Spall arrives fresh from promoting British drama The Journey, which is playing Venice and Toronto.
Also coming from the UK is Nick Galitzine (High Strung, The Beat Beneath My Feet).
Returning actress Melanie Lynskey began her career on a Christchurch-shot feature, Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures and has been based in the US for many years.
Lucy Lawless (Xena, Ash vs Evil Dead), Dame Kate Harcourt (Hope and Wire, Separation City), plus newcomers Erana James and Benji Purchase round out the cast announcement.
Adapted from Margaret Mahy’s novel by McKenzie, The Changeover is a coming-of-age fantasy. Miranda Harcourt appears on screen from later this week in Alison Maclean’s The Rehearsal.
The Changeover is produced by Firefly Films’ Emma Slade, one of the recipients of the NZFC’s Boost last year. Funding is from private investors, the NZ Screen Production Grant and the NZFC, which has also offer production support for Alyx Duncan’s Lonely Girl, produced by Slade.
Vendetta will distribute in ANZ, with LA-based Radiant Films International confirmed to sell international territories. Park Road Post Production, Pukeko Pictures and the Christchurch City Council are on board as partners.
Image: (top row, from left): Erana James, Dame Kate Harcourt, Lucy Lawless, Melanie Lynskey
(bottom row, from left): Benji Purchase, Nick Galitzine, Timothy Spall, Miranda Harcourt