Rose Byrne is ready to play New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in upcoming title They Are Us. Andrew Niccol will write and direct the project, which focuses on the week following the 2019 Christchurch assaults on New Zealand’s Muslim neighborhood.
Glen Basner’s FilmNation Entertainment is buying the project to worldwide consumers on the upcoming Cannes Virtual Market, with CAA Media Finance promoting to home and worldwide distributors.
The project follows Ardern’s response to the tragic occasions and the exceptional achievements of her authorities and residents who rallied behind her message of compassion and unity to ban assault rifles in New Zealand. The title comes from the PM’s highly effective speech describing the 51 victims of the assault, which befell throughout two mosques in Christchurch throughout Friday prayer on March 15, 2019. Ardern obtained worldwide reward for her response to the shootings.
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They Are Us is produced by Ayman Jamal, Stewart Till, Niccol and Philippa Campbell. Production will happen in New Zealand.
The script was developed in session with a number of members of the mosques affected by the tragedy.
“They Are Us is not so much about the attack but the response to the attack [and] how an unprecedented act of hate was overcome by an outpouring of love and support,” stated Niccol. “The film addresses our common humanity, which is why I think it will speak to people around the world. It is an example of how we should respond when there’s an attack on our fellow human beings.”
Basner stated: “We are thrilled to bring to market this inspiring story about the positive impact, even in the darkest of moments, a strong leader can have on their constituents’ lives when they work from a place of compassion, love and an unwavering conviction to do what is right.”
Byrne not too long ago starred in FX’s restricted collection Mrs. America the place she portrayed journalist and activist Gloria Steinem. She additionally stars and exec produces the upcoming Apple TV+ Original drama collection Physical, which unspools on the streamer this month.
New Zealand native Niccol was nominated for an Oscar for his movie Gattaca, which he wrote and directed. He additionally wrote and produced Oscar-nominated pic The Truman Show starring Jim Carrey.
Niccol is repped by CAA. Byrne is repped by CAA and RGM Artists.