Craig Silvey's bestselling novel Jasper Jones is headed for the silver screen!
Porchlight Films and Bunya Productions are thrilled to announce that LEVI MILLER (Terra Nova, upcoming Pan, Blue Dog), ANGOURIE RICE (These Final Hours, upcoming The Nice Guys) and AARON MCGRATH (Glitch) will star in the film adaption of the multi-award winning coming of age mystery novel by Craig Silvey. Principal photography is set to commence in October in the south west of Western Australia.
JASPER JONES will be directed by Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue Dae, Radiance, One Night the Moon).
Miller will play bookish 14 year old Charlie Bucktin, who over one eventful summer in 1965 navigates small-town racism, hypocrisy and the trials of teenage love to discover what it means be truly courageous. McGrath has been cast as the titular character Jasper Jones and Rice as the intelligent and mysterious Eliza Wishart, who is also the object of Charlie's affections.
'With casting director Anousha Zarkesh we have searched the country and from hundreds of auditions we are thrilled to have Levi, Angourie and Aaron join Jasper Jones. The kids are the heart of the film and they are all brilliantly talented,' said director Perkins.
The bestselling novel JASPER JONES was published in 2009 and has made waves around the globe, the author Craig Silvey receiving critical acclaim and developing an ardent fan base. It has won multiple awards, including the Book of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards in 2010 and continues to captivate readers of all ages.