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Cate Blanchett is set to make her first film in Oz in eight years

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 1:11 PM | Anonymous

The Australian actress will 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 next year, thanks for the recent tax breaks offered to filmmakers. Sydney will be transformed to look like Los Angeles in the film, but Mamet may still shoot some exterior shots in Los Angeles.  

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. 

"(David Mamet) wouldn't be coming here if the crews weren't magnificent,'' Blanchett told the press.

Blanchett can currently be seen in US theatres in “Blue Jasmine,” a drama written and directed by Woody Allen, starring Alec Baldwin and Peter Sarsgaard. The film will open in Australian cinemas 5 September. 

Blue Jasmine had a very strong opening in the US, which garnered the film and its lead some pretty hefty Oscar buzz. The film is Allen's most successful film to date, beating his own record set by 2011's Midnight in Paris with Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams.

Blanchett is an Ambassador of Australians in Film. 

Congrats, Cate!

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