With most book to movie/tv series adaptations you only get one shot, but as the case with "Shadowhunters" (The Mortal Instruments second shot at an adaption soon to air in 2016) the "Tomorrow" series by John Marsden is getting another shot at sharing it's story on screen.
"Tomorrow When The War Began", a young adult invasion novel in which Australia gets invaded by a foreign power, was first brought to the big screen in 2010. The movie failed to find an overseas audience so plans were eventually scrapped for sequels, not for a lack of trying. Over the next couple of years there would be quite a bit of stop and go news.
After a long period of no word on a sequel it was announced in late April/early May of this year that the "Tomorrow" series was in the works to be made into a television series. Ambience Entertainment teamed up with ABC to produce a 6 episode 1 hour television series of the books. A casting announcement went up in May stating that they were looking for 7 teenagers to play the leads and would be filming from August through October of this year. On September 1st, FilmInk posted an article announcing the cast.
Meet The New Cast!
Actress Molly Daniels (You’re Skitting Me, The Librarians) will be taking on the role of Ellie, the books main protagonist.
Jon Prasida (Hiding) will be playing Lee who's the most mysterious of the group as he's shy and quiet.
Narek Arman (Packed to the Rafters, Dance Academy) has been casted in the role of Homer, Ellie's neighbor and friend. Homer is a goofball and a trouble-maker.
Madeleine Madden (The Code, Redfern Now) will be playing Corrie, Ellie's best friend.
Fantine Banulski (You’re Skitting Me, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) as Robyn who's the most noble and acts as the group's moral compass.
Keith Purcell (Neighbours) will be playing Chris who doesn't initially start out in the group but ends up joining them.
Madeleine Clunies-Ross, a new comer, will be taking on the role of Fi, one of Ellie's friends who lives in town.
And rounding off the group is another new comer, Andrew Creer will be playing the role of Kevin. He's Corrie's boyfriend and the most rural of the lot.
Brendan Maher will be directing the series. Below is a quote from Maher about the source material.
“Given the right circumstances everyone can be a hero. Our characters are faced with heart thumping jeopardy and spirit breaking dilemmas. How will they react? John Marsden has given us a truthful, enriching template on how to be the best we can.”
The series is expected to air on ABC3 in Australia in early 2016. No word yet when or where it'll be released internationally. For behind the scenes pictures and videos make sure you check out the facebook page for the TV series.
Overall I'm pleased with this casting. I've never seen any of them act before but just from looking at pictures of them I can see some of the characters essence in them. As someone who loves the film version and thought they had the perfect casting I do admit it might be tough for me to compare them but I'm going to try to separate the film from the show. I think this lot can bring the characters to life and more than anything that's what I want. I want to see these characters lives played out because I find the story to be so intriguing.
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