Eric Bana is Falk in The Dry

Eric Bana is Falk in The Dry

Friday, May 3, 2019

Australian screen legend Eric Bana will play the lead role of Aaron Falk in the film adaptation of Jane Harper's internationally award-winning debut novel The Dry.

In production with Made Up Stories, The Dry was filmed across more than 15 towns in rural Victoria, Australia, earlier this year. Robert Connolly (Balibo, Paper Planes, Deep State) is directing; filming concluded in April and editing is expected to take a further 12 months. Release dates have yet to be set.

Bruna Papandrea (Big Little Lies, Gone Girl, The Nightingale), Jodi Matterson (Down Under, 2:22) and Steve Hutensky (2:22, The Nightingale) are producing The Dry for Made Up Stories. Bana and Connolly are executive producers on the project.

Of Bana's casting and the project, Jane said: "I am thrilled that Eric Bana has been cast in the lead role of Aaron Falk. It is very important to me that the nature and depth of Falk shines through and I feel Eric Bana will fully capture that.

"Director Robert Connolly has done an excellent job in writing a script that captures the essence and tone of the novel and its characters. Producer Bruna Papandrea has an outstanding track record and I'm very excited that she will be spearheading this film."

"I am incredibly excited to be part of the team bringing this thrilling and evocative novel to life" said Bana. "I love the journey of Falk and can't wait to bring him to life, along with my dear friend Rob Connolly."

"Jane Harper's The Dry  is a powerful contemporary story with big mythic themes driven by a thrilling crime story," added Connolly.

"I am delighted to be collaborating with Eric again, along with working with Bruna and the team at Made Up Stories on this adaptation for the screen of such an incredibly cinematic and emotionally charged work."

The news comes as Jane's third novel, The Lost Man, is enthusiastically received by readers in Australia, the United States and United Kingdom.

More than 1 million copies of The Dry have been sold worldwide. The book has been awarded prizes including the CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel, the British Book Awards Crime and Thriller Book of the Year, the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year and the Australian Indie Awards Book of the Year.

The film adaption of The Dry has received major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Film Victoria. It will be distributed by Roadshow Films in Australia and New Zealand.

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