Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Frances O'Connor Starring in 'The Hunter'

SYDNEY -- Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill and Frances O'Connor will star in Daniel Nettheim's Australian psychological thriller "The Hunter," which started production this week in Tasmania.

Based on the novel by Aussie author Julia Leigh, "Hunter" centers on Martin, a mercenary sent from Europe by an anonymous biotech company to the Tasmanian wilderness on a dramatic hunt for the last Tasmanian tiger.

The ensemble cast includes Morgana Davies, Jacek Koman, Dan Wyllie, Sullivan Stapleton, John Brumpton, Callan Mulvey and newcomer Finn Woodlock.

"Hunter" is being produced by Vincent Sheehan through his Porchlight Films shingle, with funding from Screen Australia.

On Wednesday, Porchlight picked up a record 18 Australian Film Institute nominations for its "Animal Kingdom."

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