Zac Efron, who’s currently enjoying his newfound residence in Australia, has also signed up for a project with Stan, with production kicking off in South Australia this month. In addition to Efron, Stan Original Film ‘Gold’ will also feature award-winning actress Susie Porter (Ladies in Black, The Second) and AACTA Award-winning actor and filmmaker, Anthony Hayes (Animal Kingdom, War Machine), who will also direct the film based on the screenplay he co-wrote with Polly Smyth.
This marks Zac’s first project since arriving in Australia earlier this year. The announcement also comes hot on the heels after Stan recently revealed their plans of ramping up their slate of local and internationally produced Stan Original TV series and films. ‘Gold’ is among the latest original productions that have been giving the green light, which includes Eden, Bump, Dom and Adrian: 2020, After The Night, and A Sunburnt Christmas.
The movie’s plot is set against the backdrop of a vast, unique, and unforgiving landscape. It is mainly a thriller about greed and the lengths people will go to get their hands on a massive fortune. Two drifters travelling through the outback end up stumbling across the biggest gold nugget ever found, and their dream of immense wealth and greed instantly takes hold. They then hatch a plan to protect and excavate their bounty, leaving one man to secure the equipment needed, while the other remains on location and must endure the harsh desert climate, preying wolves and intruders — while also dealing with the creeping doubt that he has been abandoned to his own fate.
“This is an exciting, gripping and timely tale about greed, humanity, who we are, what we’ve done to the world and where we are heading if we aren’t careful. To have Zac Efron as my main man on this film is an absolute gift and to see what he is creating already is like nothing we’ve seen from him before. I can’t wait to deliver this bold, visceral and cinematic film to audiences all around the world,” says co-writer and director Anthony Hayes.
The Stan Original Film ‘Gold’ will premiere on Stan and in cinemas in 2021. The film will be released in cinemas through Madman Entertainment with Altitude FIlms handling worldwide sales of the films.