Mia Wasikowska has signed on to star in Australian family drama Blueback, with Radha Mitchell and Eric Bana in supporting roles.
The film focuses on Abby – who will be played by newcomers Ariel Donoghue and Ilsa Fogg at different ages – a child who befriends a magnificent wild blue groper while diving. When Abby realises that the fish’s life is under threat, she takes inspiration from her activist mother, Dora, and takes on poachers to save her friend. This begins her life-long journey to save the world’s coral reefs.
Robert Connolly is directing the film, which will reunite him with Bana after previously working together on mystery thriller The Dry. Connolly is also penning the script, which is an adaptation of Tim Winton‘s novella of the same name.
Roadshow Films will release in Australia and New Zealand, with HanWay Films handling rights for the rest of the world. This sounds like the kind of uplifting movie that may only have a small theatrical release, but will likely find its way to a popular streaming service down the line for more to discover.
Wasikowska was last seen in Netflix’s The Devil All The Time, and her only other scheduled projects right now is the lead role in Mia Hanson-Love‘s upcoming drama, Bergman Island.