Just like its titular storybook character, THE BABADOOK came out of nowhere and enchanted and haunted audiences. After picking up a lot of steam at its Sundance premiere, the story of a widowed mother and her son coming up against a creature right out of legend found itself a large audience after it arrived on Netflix. Being a critical and financial success it was only a matter of time before we saw the film’s writer and director Jennifer Kent’s next project taking shape.
Thanks to The Hollywood Reporter, we know that Kent’s follow-up film, titled NIGHTINGALE, is starting to find both financing and its cast. Per THR, NIGHTINGALE “is set in Tasmania in 1825, and follows a 21-year-old Irish convict who, after witnessing the brutal murder of her husband and baby by her soldier master, takes justice into her own hands, finding an Aboriginal male tracker to enter the wilderness with her to seek revenge.”
Sam Claflin, previously seen in THE HUNGER GAMES, THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, and ME BEFORE YOU, will star in the film along with Aisling Franciosi, Damon Herriman, Ewen Leslie and Harry Greenwood. Also rounding out the cast is Aboriginal Djuki Mala dancer Baykali Ganambarr and East Arnhem Land indigenous model Magnolia Maymuru.
Along with the cast, the film is finding financing from Bron Creative, Made Up Stories, Screen Australia, Screen Tasmania, and the South Australian Film Corporation.
What did you think of THE BABADOOK? Does it get you excited to see Jennifer Kent’s next film?