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THE Un­der­belly fran­chise has its sights on in­fa­mous Mel­bourne iden­tity Joseph ‘‘Squizzy’’ Tay­lor. Cast­ing is hap­pen­ing for the new se­ries, which will be called Un­der­belly: Squizzy and set in the early 1900s. The Tay­lor char­ac­ter ap­peared briefly in Un­der­belly: Ra­zor, high­light­ing Tay­lor’s ri­valry with gang­ster John Daniel ‘‘Snowy" Cut­more. In that se­ries, Tay­lor was played by Justin Ros­niak (left). Un­der­belly: Squizzy is part of a $65 mil­lion in­vest­ment that Chan­nel 9 will make in lo­cal pro­duc­tions over the next 18 months. Also on the slate are House Hus­bands and Howzat, both of which will screen af­ter the Olympics. Tay­lor (called Squizzy be­cause of his droopy left eye­lid) be­gan his life of crime early. He was ac­cused of be­ing in­volved in murder, armed rob­bery, pros­ti­tu­tion and il­licit drugs. His rep­u­ta­tion as a crime boss grew af­ter his role in the ‘‘Fitzroy Ven­detta’’ of 1919.

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