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Russell Crowe To Star In New Ned Kelly Movie

Australian Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe has been announced as one of the stars of a new film about Ned Kelly which will begin filming next year.

Peter Carey's Booker Prize-winning novel True History of the Kelly Gang will be adapted for the big screen. 

Nicholas Hoult and Essie Davis will also star in the film, with English actor George MacKay playing the role of the infamous bush ranger.

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English actor George MacKay will play Ned Kelly

The film will be directed by Justin Kurzel who says that, "Peter Carey's book ... always felt like the true spirit of Ned Kelly,"

"Unsentimental, brutal, raw and visceral."

"His story is one of the great odysseys in history and I feel excited to be bringing it to the screen with a fresh cinematic eye."

The film continues a long tradition of films based on Kelly, with Australia's first feature film – and possibly the world's – being the silent The Story of the Kelly Gang made back in 1906. 

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