Cate Blanchett is set to play the lead role in “Blackbird,” the David Mamet penned and directed modern-day take on the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Blanchett will play Janet, a woman who discovers that her deceased grandfather was a man with many secrets, and that he was somehow involved in the assassination of the 35th President of the United States. Learning these secrets puts her life in danger, and she is forced to uncover more secrets in order to survive.
Filming is expected to take place in Sydney, thanks for the recent tax breaks offered to filmmakers.
Though Blanchett has been actively working in Australian theatre, both on stage and off (in her role as the artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company), “Blackbird” will be the first film she has shot in Australia since “Little Fish” in 2005.
This is also the first feature length film Mamet is helming since he wrote and directed “Redbelt” in 2008.
Blanchett can next be seen in “Blue Jasmine,” a drama written and directed by Woody Allen, starring Alec Baldwin and Peter Sarsgaard. No Australian theatre release dates are confirmed as yet, but it will be in U.S. theatres July 26, 2013.
Blanchett is an Ambassador of Australians in Film.