Cate Blanchett Bags ‘The New Boy’ Film As An Actor and Producer, Read More

Hollywood actor-producer Cate Blanchett has teamed up with Scarlett Pictures to co-produce ‘The New Boy’, from award-winning indigenous Australian filmmaker Warwick Thornton. The Academy Award-winning actress will also star in the film, set in 1940s Australia, alongside Deborah Mailman and Wayne Blair. Written and directed by Thornton, the film depicts the story of a nine-year-old Aboriginal orphan boy who arrives in the dead of night at a remote monastery, run by a renegade nun (Blanchett), where his presence disturbs the delicately balanced world in this story of spiritual struggle and the cost of survival.

Cate Blanchett, Andrew Upton and Georgie Pym will produce the project for Dirty Films alongside Scarlett Pictures principal Kath Shelper, reports Variety. “What a joy to finally be collaborating with Warwick – a filmmaker whose warmth, wit and humanity we have admired for so very long,” Blanchett said on behalf of Dirty Films.

“We can’t wait to be on the ground with him and the wonderful Kath Shelper to realize this startling story.” Added Thornton: “The idea for the story of this little boy has been flickering in my imagination for a long time. Kath and I are beyond excited to be working with Cate Blanchett and the Dirty Films mob to put him up on the big screen where he belongs.”

Thornton has built a reputation as one of Australia’s most celebrated filmmakers. In 2017, his critically acclaimed film “Sweet Country” won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival and the Platform Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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In 2009, Thornton’s first feature “Samson & Delilah” won the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Both films were named best films by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts. Shelper and Thornton previously partnered to produce ‘Samson & Delilah’, the documentary hybrid ‘The Darkside’ and multiple award-winning short-form projects.

‘The New Boy’ is set to begin filming this October on location in South Australia and is scheduled to wrap production at the end of 2022. Cate Blanchett was last seen in Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley along with Bradley Cooper.

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