Eric Bana is set to return to Australia in the sequel to his box office success The Dry begins filming in Victoria – the actor will return to his role as dogged detective Aaron Falk
Australian-born Hollywood movie star Eric Bana is shooting another movie at home.
The hunky 54-year-old is currently in Victoria filming a sequel to local hit film The Dry, which grossed an impressive $22 million at the Australian box office in 2021.
The new film, titled Force of Nature, is another murder mystery and like The Dry, it’s based on a best-selling novel by Jane Harper and will again be directed by Robert Connolly.
Return of the Hero: Eric Bana (pictured) makes a sequel to hit murder mystery The Dry, which is being filmed by director Robert Connolly in Victoria
Eric will once again play Aaron Falk, the dogged detective fans know from The Dry.
This time, the detective heads to the high country to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a corporate whistleblower played by Anna Torv (Netflix’s Mindhunter) who disappears while on a corporate hike.
Prime suspects in the case include Lucy Ansell (Utopia), Homeland’s Robin McLeavy, Mortal Combat’s Sisi Stringer and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole star Deborah-Lee Furness.
Aiming for another hit: The Dry grossed an impressive $22 million at the Australian box office in 2021 and the filmmakers hope to repeat the success with the sequel Force of Nature, another murder mystery. Pictured: Eric and co-star Genevieve O’Reilly in a scene from The Dry
Jacqueline McKenzie (Halifax: Retribution), as a federal agent, and ABC’s beloved Rake star Richard Roxburgh are also part of the cast.
Force of Nature will be filmed at locations in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, Otways and Dandnong Ranges and is produced by Sydney-based company Made Up Stories with Connolly’s Arenamedia and Bana’s Pick Up Truck Pictures.
The production makes another collaboration between Eric and his friend and colleague, producer-director Robert Connolly.
Teamwork: The production is making another collaboration between Eric and his friend and colleague, producer-director Robert Connolly – the new film will be produced by Sydney company Made Up Stories and Connolly’s Arenamedia and Bana’s Pick Up Truck Pictures
The couple, who share an office in Melbourne, recently adapted Tim Winton’s hit short story Blueback in Western Australia.
The film, made for young audiences, also stars fellow Australian actresses Mia Wasikowska and Radha Mitchell and newcomers Ariel Donoghue and Ilsa Fogg.
The film tells the story of Abby (in Tim’s short story it’s a boy named Abel), who befriends a giant groper [a fish] diving and becomes an activist.
Mia is set to play the main character while Ariel and Ilsa are set to portray younger versions of the character.
Star quality: The sequel to The Dry makes another collaboration between Eric and his friend and colleague, producer-director Robert Connolly. Pictured: Eric on the red carpet for Dry’s Melbourne premiere in December 2020