added: Thu, Dec 15th '16
Part "Stand by Me." Part "Lovely Bones." Check out the trailer for the new Australian drama that's based on Craig Silvey's award-winning mystery novel, "Jasper Jones."
Boasting a solid cast that includes Oscar-nominated actress Toni Collette, veteran character actor Hugo Weaving, Levi Miller (from "Pan"), Angourie Rice (Ryan Gosling's daughter in "The Nice Guys"), and Aboriginal TV actor Aaron McGrath, the film takes place in the summer of 1969; within a racially diverse yet divided community in Western Australia.
The story revolves around the senseless murder of a young girl. Fearing he will automatically be accused of the crime, the girl's boyfriend, an Aboriginal teen outcast named Jasper Jones (McGrath), launches a secret investigation, enlisting the help of his neighbor, Charlie Bucktin (Miller).
"Jasper Jones" is directed by acclaimed Australian filmmaker Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue Dae) from an adapted screenplay by Shaun Grant (The Snowtown Murders).
The film is set to open in Australia on March 2, 2017.
Adapted from Craig Silvey’s bestselling Australian novel and featuring a stellar cast including Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving, Levi Miller, Angourie Rice, Dan Wyllie and Aaron McGrath, JASPER JONES is the story of Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of 14 living in a small town in Western Australia.
In the dead of night during the scorching summer of 1969, Charlie is startled when he is woken by local mixed-race outcast Jasper Jones outside his window. Jasper leads him deep into the forest and shows him something that will change his life forever, setting them both on a dangerous journey to solve a mystery that will consume the entire community.
In an isolated town where secrecy, gossip and tragedy overwhelm the landscape, Charlie faces family breakdown, finds his first love, and discovers what it means be truly courageous.
directed by Rachel Perkins
starring Levi Miller, Aaron McGrath, Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving, Angourie Rice, Matt Nable, Dan Wyllie
release date March 2, 2017 (in Australia)