Rose Byrne to play Jacinda Ardern in Christchurch terror attack film – report
Deadline is reporting Australian actress Rose Byrne will play New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda in an upcoming film about the response to the March 15 2019 Christchurch terror attack.
According to the Hollywood media outlet, the film, titled They Are Us, will focus on the week after the attack and will be written and directed by Kiwi Andrew Niccol. He was nominated for an Academy Award for writing 1998’s The Truman Show. He made his directorial debut with science-fiction film Gattaca.
Byrne is known for her comedic performances in Spy, Get Him to the Greek and Bridesmaids.
“The project follows Ardern’s response to the tragic events and the remarkable achievements of her government and citizens who rallied behind her message of compassion and unity to ban assault rifles in New Zealand,” Deadline reports.
“The title comes from the PM’s powerful speech describing the 51 victims of the attack, which took place across two mosques in Christchurch during Friday prayer on March 15, 2019. Ardern received worldwide praise for her response to the shootings.”
It’s said production will take place in New Zealand and that the script was developed in consultation with several members of the moseque affected by the tragedy.
Niccol said the film is more about the response to the attack than the actual event itself.
“The film addresses our common humanity, which is why I think it will speak to people around the world. It is an example of how we should respond when there’s an attack on our fellow human beings.”
More to come.
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June 10, 2021 at 01:23PM