• Director Rachel Perkins on the set of 'Bran Nue Dae' with actors Jessica Mauboy and Rocky McKenzie. (AAP)
The much loved Australian young adult novel 'Jasper Jones' is being made into a feature film, and will begin shooting in October.
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27 Aug 2015 - 12:02 PM  UPDATED 27 Aug 2015 - 12:10 PM

The cast has been announced for the movie adaptation of Craig Silvey's best-selling Australian novel, Jasper Jones, which will be directed by Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue Day, Radiance).

The movie is a coming-of-age story that follows 14-year-old Charlie Bucktin over the summer of 1965, as he gets caught up in the aftermath of a murder and small-town racism. 

Levi Miller (upcoming Blue Dog) will play Charlie, and Aaron McGrath (Around the Block, Redfern Now, Glitch) is Jasper Jones. Angourie Rice (These Final Hours) has been cast as Charlie's love interest Eliza Wishart.

"The kids are the heart of the film and they are all brilliantly talented,” Rachel Perkins said in a statement.

The screenplay has been written by Shaun Grant (Snowtown) and Craig Silvey, and filming will begin in the South West region of Western Australia in October.

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