Jessica Henwick, Hugo Weaving Join Julia Garner in ‘Royal Hotel’ – The Hollywood Reporter

Matrix Stars Old And New Join Julia Garner In Kitty Green’s Social Thriller The Royal Hotel.

Hugo Weaving, who appeared in the first Matrix trilogy, along with rising name Jessica Henwick, recently seen on Matrix Resurrections (and the next knives out 2) have been cast in the Australian-set film from See-Saw Films, which was behind the recent Jane Campion awards. the power of the dog. The film reunites two-time Emmy winner Garner (inventing ana, Ozarks) with Green, the two worked together on the director’s 2019 smash hit The assistent. Green co-wrote the screenplay with Oscar Redding (Van Diemen’s Land).

HanWay Films has been brought on board to handle international sales and distribution in association with Cross City Films, See-Saw’s in-house sales arm, and will launch sales this week, ahead of the Marche in Cannes, with an online presentation from the filmmaker. . UTA Independent Film Group and Cross City Films are jointly representing the sale in the United States.

Inspired by real events, the royal hotel follows Hanna (Garner) and Liv (Henwick), two best friends backpacking in Australia. After running out of money, Liv, looking for an adventure, convinces Hanna to take a temporary job behind the bar of a pub called The Royal Hotel in a remote Outback mining town. Bar owner Billy (Weaving) and a host of locals give the girls a riotous introduction to Down Under’s drinking culture, but things take a turn for the worse when their pranks and behavior get out of hand. Soon, Hanna and Liv find themselves caught up in a perplexing situation that is rapidly growing out of their control. The film will begin shooting in Australia this summer.

“Kitty has a truly distinctive cinematic voice, and we’re delighted to be collaborating with her on this exciting rollercoaster of a journey into the heart of the Australian outback,” said See-Saw’s Emile Sherman and Iain Canning, who co-produce animal Kingdom Y The king producer Liz Watts, director of film and television for See-Saw in Australia, and Kath Shelper of Scarlett Pictures. See-Saw Films COO Simon Gillis will executive produce.

“As we saw with The assistent, the royal hotel it will get under the skin of audiences, bringing a sense of adrenaline and an edge-of-the-seat compulsion to watch,” said Green. “We are delighted to add the incredible Jessica Henwick and Hugo Weaving to our cast alongside the brilliant Julia Garner.”

HanWay Films Managing Director Gabrielle Stewart added, “We are very excited to be working with See-Saw Films on the royal hotel. Following in the thematic footsteps of The assistent, this time Kitty Green ramps up the tension with a chilling, entertaining, yet highly recognizable story of young women confronting the toxic male environment that threatens the ride of a lifetime. A universal story that is horribly recognizable.”

Henwick is represented by CAA, imPRint and Jackoway Austen Tyerman. Weaving is represented by Ann Churchill-Brown and Jaslyn Mairs at Shanahan Management Pty Ltd and Garner is represented by Anonymous Content and UTA. Green is also represented by UTA.

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