Wenham is Luhrmann's ranch hand


David Wenham will appear opposite Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman in Baz Luhrmann's "Australia" for 20th Century Fox.

The film, written by Luhrmann, is set in pre-World War II northern Australia and follows an English aristocrat (Kidman) who inherits a sprawling ranch and reluctantly pacts with a cattle driver (Jackman) to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin by Japanese forces.

Wenham is playing the antagonist in the film, a station manager who is plotting to possess the ranch, called Faraway Downs.

Shooting begins in April in northern Australia.

Australian actor Wenham worked with Luhrmann in "Moulin Rouge." He is best known stateside as Faramir in "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King." He next appears in Warner Bros. Pictures' "300," due out in March.

He is repped by Endeavor and Artists-Independent Management in the U.S. and Shanahan Management in Australia.