AiF member Ansuya Nathan has joined the cast of Anthony Maras' drama Hotel Mumbai.
The cast includes fellow Australian and 2014 Heath Ledger Scholarship finalist Tilda Cobham-Hervey (52 Tuesdays, The Kettering Incident) and international heavyweights Armie Hammer (The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Social Network) and Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, Lion).
The story centers on the 2008 devastating armed siege by terrorists on the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Hotel in Mumbai, India.
South Australian-born Maras, whose short films have won multiple awards locally and internationally, is making his feature film debut on the multi-million dollar project.
Filming recently wrapped in Maras' home town of Adelaide and will pick up again in October on location in Mumbai.
Nathan plays Manisha, a doctor and hotel guest who is trapped in the hotel when the siege begins.
"Hotel Mumbai is a powerful and timely story - a reminder of our common humanity in the face of terror," said Nathan. Adding, "It is an honor to be cast alongside these actors and to work with such a passionate team of filmmakers. I can't wait for the Mumbai leg of the shoot!"
Backed by Screen Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation, the production injected millions into the SA economy, and employed more than 350 heads of department, cast, crew and extras.
Maras transformed Adelaide Studios into the interiors of the exclusive high class hotel.
Based on two-time Emmy-nominated Australian documentary Surviving Mumbai, Maras adapted the script with Sydney-based Scottish screenwriter and novelist, John Collee.
Collee's previous projects include Master and Commander, Happy Feet, Son of a Gun and Australia's current contender for the Foreign-Language Oscar Tanna). He is also co-founder of Australian production company Hopscotch Features.
The Weinsten Company picked up the U.S. and U.K rights to the film at the Cannes market in May.