Caitlin Stasey is Ellie Linton
As discussed, the Neighbours and Sleepover Club actress is taking the reigns as Ellie, the leader of the group and narrator of the story. If the entire franchise and Ellie Chronicles spin-off plays out on film, Stasey could be onboard for a total of 10 films. Damn.
Deniz Akdeniz is Homer
Seriously, could this guy look anymore like how Homer is described in the books? The answer is no, and fingers crossed Akeniz will be able to inhabit the role as Ellie’s best friend as well as he does physically. He’s also another cast member (along with Pang) to have a background in martial arts, previously a Victorian Jiujitsu Champion.
Rachel Hurd is Corrie McKenzie
The English actress makes her Australian debut as one of the teenage, guerilla fighters. A big break for her, no doubt, but if the original flick is as successful as the filmmakers hope Hurd won’t be coming back for the sequels. Well, her character at least . . .gah, I shall say no more! She’s an interesting addition to the line-up as she’s probably the most accomplished of all the actors on the list, starring as Wendy in Peter Pan a few years back and alongside Ben Barnes in the highly anticipated gothic tale Dorian Gray.
Chris Pang is Lee
(Above L-R: Pang, with co-stars Deniz Akdeniz, Lincoln Lewis and Andy Ryan)
Ellie’s main love interest throughout the series, Lee is one of the more intelligent, deeper characters and hopefully Pang is able to bring that across like he did in The Home Song Stories. He’s certainly going to be able to kick some invader ass on the big screen as the rising star has 12-years of traditional Chinese martial arts training. Hmm, that’s someone you want to have around when a foreign power invades.
Phoebe Tonkin is Fiona Maxwell
Tonkin is trading in her flippers for a rifle and a few grenades for the role of Fiona. The sweet, girly, prim and proper member of the bush kids, Fiona starts off as just another member of the group but comes into prominence through the later novels in the series. One of the most lovable characters, seeing the feminine girly-girl adopt the guerilla-fighter approach should be one of the most entertaining aspects of the movie, if done right. Tonkin is one of the stars of the hugely popular Aussie television show H20: Just Add Water playing one of the three key mermaids.
Lincoln Lewis is Kevin Holmes
A role built perfectly for the Home & Away actor and Dancing With The Stars contestant. Starting out as Corrie’s loyal boyfriend, the slightly obnoxious Kevin originally gets on Ellie’s nerves before proving himself later in the original novel. He goes on to become one of the most influential characters in the series and like Hurd, Lewis could be in for a lengthy franchise. No word yet on whether Lewis’ sex-tape will make it on the DVD release as a very `special' feature.
Andy Ryan is Chris Lang
What I wouldn’t have given to have Chris Pang playing Chris Lang, oh the hilarity that would have ensued writing this post. Moving on, this fella has pretty much been plucked from obscurity for the role so there’s not a whole lot I can tell you.
Ashleigh Cummings is Robyn Mathers
(Above: Cummings, left, with co-star Phoebe Tonkin)
By far one of my favourite characters who contributes to one of my favourite scenes of the enitre series, 16-year-old school girl Cummings has been chosen to play the part of gutsy, fierce and hilarious Robyn. Ellie's other best friend to Homer, Robyn is a character with a huge personality and will surely light up the screen, if depicted like the warrior she is.
The film is currently shooting in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales and around Victoria. For a more in-depth breakdown check out my previous post Tomorrow, When The War Began today! here.