Eric Bana Signs to Star in Detective Thriller ‘The Dry’

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The 'Dirty John' star will re-team with director Robert Connolly on the feature, which is being produced by Bruna Papandrea.

Dirty John star Eric Bana will return down under to play the lead role of Detective Aaron Falk in the Australian feature adaptation of Jane Harper’s best-selling novel, The Dry

The movie tells the story of Falk (Bana), who returns home after 20 years to attend the funeral of his childhood friend, Luke, who allegedly killed his wife and child before taking his own life. The family is seen as victims of the madness that has ravaged the community after more than a decade of drought, but Falk uncovers deeper prejudices in the terrified town. 

Robert Connolly (Paper PlanesDeep State) is set to direct from a script he’s penned with Harry Cripps (PawsWillfull). Production of The Dry will take place in early 2019 in Victoria, Australia, with a release slated for January 2020. 

Connolly and Bana previously made the critically acclaimed Romulus, My Father together.

“Eric and I have been looking for some time for a film here in our hometown; a story that can speak to the world of an Australia that is familiar and authentic, working from our production base in Melbourne,” Connolly said. 

Bruna Papandrea, Jodi Matterson (Down Under2:22) and Steve Hutensky (2:22, The Nightingale) are producing The Dry for Papandrea’s production shingle, Made Up Stories. Bana and Connolly will also serve as executive producers on the project alongside Ricci Swart and Andrew Myer.

The film has received major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Film Victoria. It will be distributed by Roadshow Films in Australia and New Zealand.

Bana is represented by WME.