As principal photography commences on crime drama THE MULE, shooting in Bangkok and Melbourne, Hugo Weaving (The Hobbit, The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings) and John Noble (Fringe, The Lord of the Rings) are officially confirmed in the cast.
THE MULE is written by the multi-talented writers, producers, actors, directors and friends Angus Sampson and Leigh Whannell (who star together in horror thriller Insidious:Chapter 2 releasing on 3,000+ screens in the USA on September 13).
Sampson and Whannell have brought together an exceptional creative team for THE MULE to evoke a neo-noir tone. Music video auteur Tony Mahony, acclaimed for his work with Nick Cave and Paul Kelly, makes his feature directorial debut. Director of Photography is Stefan Duscio (The Turning, Any Questions for Ben) and Production Design by AFI Award winner Paddy Reardon (Chopper, Japanese Story).
Costume Designer is multiple AFI award winner Cappi Ireland (Animal Kingdom, The Rover), along with Hair and Make-up Designer Fiona Rees-Jones (The Rover, 100 Bloody Acres). Editor is Andy Canny (The Slap, Underground: The Julian Assange Story) and Sound Designer is AFI/AACTA award winning Emma Bortignon (Noise, Balibo).
Angus Sampson is producing THE MULE together with Jane Liscombe, who produced the Cannes Palme d’Or winning short film Cracker Bag and Beaconsfield. Executive Producers are Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious), David Griffiths (The Last Supper) and Michele Bennett (Chopper).
Sampson said “Hugo Weaving is one of the world’s finest actors; every syllable he utters quenches one’s aural thirst and to have the compelling John Noble alongside him is truly humbling. Tony Mahony’s taste and visual design is resonant and remarkable. Leigh and I are thrilled to be collaborating with such esteemed filmmakers both in front of and behind the lens.”
THE MULE is being produced with the assistance of Screen Australia, Film Victoria, Hopscotch and Deluxe.
Worldwide rights are through eOne Entertainment.
THE MULE will be distributed throughout Australia and New Zealand by Hopscotch.
The film will be sharing exclusive behind the scenes footage and images via twitter and instagram accounts @themulemovie