Jacki Weaver Returns to Australia for TV Drama 'Secret City'

Jacki Weaver Oscars Headshot - P 2012
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Jacki Weaver Oscars Headshot - P 2012

Weaver plays the nation’s top lawmaker in the political thriller.

Jacki Weaver has signed on to play an Australian Senator in pay TV platform Foxtel’s upcoming political thriller, Secret City. 

The dual Oscar nominee plays Senator Catriona Bailey, the nation’s Attorney-General and powerbroker of the leftist Australian Labor Party, in the six-part miniseries. Joining her in the cast of the drama set in Australia’s capital Canberra, is Anna Torv (Fringe) who plays a senior political journalist, Harriet Dunkley. Damon Herriman (Justified, The Water Diviner) and Dan Wyllie (The Code, Deadline Gallipoli) also star.

Secret City is inspired by the best-selling novels The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code, written by Canberra journalists Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis.

Foxtel head of drama Penny Win said: “We are honoured to have one of Australia’s most acclaimed and respected actors join this exciting new Foxtel mini-series.  Secret City will be a compelling and intriguing Australian political drama and we are very proud of the cast and creatives we are assembling for this program."

Weaver appears in Starz upcoming comedy series Blunt Talk, opposite Patrick Stewart, with Michael Caton in the Australian film Last Cab To Darwin and in Drake Doremus' futuristic love story Equals, in competition at the Venice Film Festival. She will also star opposite Alfred Molina in the indie feature Sister Cities.  

Secret City will air on Foxtel’s premium drama channel showcase in March 2016.

The series is produced by NBC Universal’s Matchbox Pictures for Foxtel, supported by agencies Screen Australia and Screen ACT.