In a undertaking prone to spark appreciable curiosity on the Cannes Digital Market later this month, Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids, Mrs. America) is about to play New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in They Are Us, written and to be directed by fellow Kiwi Andrew Niccol.
The movie — being launched to patrons by FilmNation Entertainment, with CAA Media Finance overseeing home gross sales — will give Ardern, massively revered internationally for her dealing with of the COVID-19 pandemic, the distinction of being one among only a few political leaders given the biopic remedy whereas nonetheless in workplace.
They Are Us will happen in March 2019, the week following the lethal terrorist assaults on two mosques in Christchurch by a white supremacist and some of the difficult intervals in Ardern’s political profession. Billed as an “inspirational story concerning the younger chief’s response to the tragic occasions,” the story will comply with Ardern as she helped rally the federal government and residents behind her message of compassion and unity and ban assault rifles in New Zealand. The title itself comes from Ardern’s highly effective speech describing victims of the assault.
“They Are Us just isn’t a lot concerning the assault however the response to the assault…how an unprecedented act of hate was overcome by an outpouring of affection and assist,” mentioned Niccol. “The movie addresses our widespread humanity, which is why I believe it’ll communicate to folks all over the world. It’s an instance of how we must always reply when there’s an assault on our fellow human beings.”
The movie is being produced by Ayman Jamal, Stewart Until, Niccol and Philippa Campbell. Manufacturing will happen in New Zealand. The script was developed in session with a number of members of the mosques affected by the tragedy.
“We’re thrilled to deliver to market this inspiring true story concerning the optimistic affect, even within the darkest of moments, a powerful chief can have on their constituents’ lives once they work from a spot of compassion, love and an unwavering conviction to do what is correct.” mentioned FilmNation CEO Glen Basner.
Niccol is repped by CAA; Rose Byrne is repped by CAA and RGM Artists.