It has been announced that Aisling Franciosi (Ambition, The Fall) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games, Me Before You) have been cast in lead roles in Babadook Director and Writer Jennifer Kent‘s upcoming period film The Nightingale, which depicts the horrors of Australia’s Colonial History.
The Nightingale is not a horror film, but it does depict the dark occurrences that took place in Tasmania in 1829.
“It was a really crazy time for women. We only hear the sanitized version and I wanted to explore it for real,” said Jennifer Kent in an interview last year.
The film follows a 21-year-old Irish female convict who witnesses the brutal murder of her husband and baby by her soldier master and his cronies. Unable to find justice, she takes an Aboriginal male tracker with her through the hellish wilderness to seek revenge on the men, and gets much more than she bargained for.
While The Nightingale isn’t based on a real story, thorough research was conducted by Kent while penning the script, to ensure the film relates closely to the reality of the time.
Kristina Ceyton who worked on Babadook as a Producer will produce The Nightingale, alongside Gone Girl Producer Bruna Papandrea.
Bron Creative who produced Denzel Washington‘s Fences will be executive producing film, as well as co-financing along with Screen Australia, Screen Tasmania and the South Australian Film Corporation. The production will be the first film for Bruna Papandrea’s new venture Made up Stories.
While no official release date has been given, The Nightingale is expected to be released in 2017.