The Courier-Mail

COAST STAR IN FRAME FOR WAR NOVEL ROLE

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JAMES Stewart will lead a young cast in the tele­vi­sion adap­ta­tion of To­mor­row, When The War Be­gan.

The Gold Coast-based star (pic­tured), who split from long­time part­ner Jes­sica Marais in May, has been cast in the ac­tion-packed se­ries, along­side fel­low Aussie ac­tors Deb­o­rah Mail­man, Sibylla Budd and Ali­son Budd.

Adapted from John Mars­den’s six nov­els, a group of young ac­tors have also been named to play the main char­ac­ters of El­lie, Lee, Homer, Cor­rie, Robyn, Chris, Fi and Kevin.

The Li­brar­i­ans’ Molly Daniels will take the lead role of El­lie, while Red­fern Now’s Madeleine Mad­den will play her best friend Cor­rie and Hid­ing’s Jon Prasida will take on the role of her love in­ter­est, Lee. Narek Ar­man, Fan­tine Banul­ski, Keith Pur­cell and new­com­ers Madeleine Clu­nies-Ross and An­drew Creer will also star. Film­ing is set to com­mence later this month, with the se­ries ex­pected to air on ABC3 next year.

This is the sec­ond time Mars­den’s nov­els have been adapted for the screen, with the first book made into a movie in 2010.

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