Veteran Australian actors Hugo Weaving (Last Ride, The Hobbit; pictured) and John Noble (The Monkey's Mask, The Lord of the Rings) have been officially confirmed in the cast of The Mule, which is soon to commence principal photography in Melbourne and Bangkok. The neo-noir crime drama concerns a drug smuggler who is caught by law enforcement.
The Mule will be the feature filmmaking debut of former Nick Cave and Paul Kelly music video director Tony Mahony, and was co-written by the Australian collaborative team of Angus Sampson (Kokoda, Where the Wild Things Are) and Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious), both of whom will shortly be reprising their comedic ghost-busting double-act in the forthcoming US horror sequel Insidious: Chapter 2.
“Hugo Weaving is one of the world's finest actors... and to have the compelling John Noble alongside him is truly humbling,” said Sampson in a press release. “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.”
Making up the rest of the local creative team are director of photography Stefan Duscio, (The Turning, Any Questions for Ben?), AFI winning production designer Paddy Reardon (Muriel's Wedding, Chopper, Save Your Legs!) and multiple AFI award-winning costume designer Cappi Ireland (Animal Kingdom, Oranges and Sunshine). Andy Canny (The Slap, Underground: The Julian Assange Story) will serve as editor, while the sound designer will be the AFI/AACTA winning Emma Bortignon (Crackerjack, Noise).
Jane Liscombe, who produced the Cannes Palme d'Or winning short film Crackerbag and the TV movie Beaconsfield, will co-produce with Sampson, while Whannell will serve as an executive producer along with David Griffiths (The Last Supper) and Michelle Bennett (Chopper, The Magician). The film is being produced with the assistance of Screen Australia, Hopscotch, Film Victoria and Deluxe.
The Mule will be distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Hopscotch, with worldwide rights through eOne Entertainment.