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Australia loses Blanchett lead "Blackbird" to the U.S.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 9:59 AM | Anonymous

David Mamet has decided to move production of his upcoming thriller "Blackbird" from Sydney to the U.S.

According to IF, production scheduled to begin in Sydney in January, 2014 has been placed on hold. 

This news comes despite reports that Mamet was in Sydney last week scouting inner-West locations for the film. 

Penned and directed by Mamet, "Blackbird" is a modern-day take on the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy and Cate Blanchett is cast to play the lead.

"Blackbird" tells the story of a woman who discovers that her deceased grandfather 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. 

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), the in-demand actress has not filmed in Australia since 2005's "Little Fish". Moving production of "Blackbird" to the United States means this streak remains unbroken. 

Blackbird is the first feature length film Mamet is helming since he wrote and directed “Redbelt” in 2008. 

Blanchett can currently be seen in Australian cinemas in “Blue Jasmine,” a drama written and directed by Woody Allen, starring Alec Baldwin and Peter Sarsgaard. 

"Blue Jasmine" was released in Oz September 12, taking in over $1 million on 126 screens on its opening weekend, which helped revive Australia's slumping box office.

Cate Blanchett is an Ambassador of Australians in Film. 

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