A new Australian origin series is set to release on Prime Video in collaboration with Curio Pictures and Screen Australia.
Based on Richard Flanagan’s Booker Prize-winning novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North is a war-time love story of Lieutenant Dorrigo Evans and how his all-too-brief love affair with Amy Mulvaney shaped his life.
The story journeys from Evans’ childhood to his experience as a prisoner-of-war on the Thailand-Burma Railway as a young man and, later in life, as a respected surgeon and Australian war hero.
Jacob Elordi (Euphoria, Saltburn, Priscilla, The Kissing Booth) will return home to Australia to play the younger Dorrigo Evans (1940s) lead role.
Other cast members include Odessa Young (Amy Mulvaney), Olivia DeJonge (younger Ella), and Simon Baker (Keith).
Fast-forward to the 1980s, the series will feature Ciarán Hinds, who will play the older Dorrigo, with Heather Mitchell (older Ella). Thomas Weatherall (Frank Gardiner), Show Kasamatsu (Major Nakamura), and Charles An (The Goanna) will also join the cast.
“With talents like Jacob Elordi, Ciarán Hinds and Odessa Young at the helm, The Narrow Road to the Deep North promises to be a cinematic, visceral, and undeniable contemporary love story, which explores the power of mateship and the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity,” said Sarah Christie, senior development executive at Amazon MGM Studios.
“We just know that this series is going to resonate with customers in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, and we are proud to be partnering with Curio Pictures’ Jo Porter and Rachel Gardner, who will bring this incredible story to life alongside the award-winning director and executive producer Justin Kurzel, and award-winning writer and executive producer Shaun Grant.”
This five-part drama series, adapted by writer Shaun Grant and directed by Justin Kurzel, will launch on Prime Video in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.