Essie Davis and Thomasin McKenzie cast in THE JUSTICE OF BUNNY KING
Multi award winning actors Essie Davis (THE BABADOOK, BABYTEETH) and Thomasin McKenzie (JOJO RABBIT, LEAVE NO TRACE) have been cast in the feature film, THE JUSTICE OF BUNNY KING. The news comes as both actors were at the Toronto International Film Festival for Justin Kurzel’s TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG, with McKenzie also in attendance for Taika Waititi’s JOJO RABBIT.
Shooting in New Zealand, THE JUSTICE OF BUNNY KING is the debut feature for director Gaysorn Thavat, from a script written by Sophie Henderson (FANTAIL) with Emma Slade (COME TO DADDY) producing.
Davis will play Bunny King, a mother of two with a sketchy past and a sharp tongue. Bunny works traffic intersections as a squeegee bandit, using her quick wit to charm money from motorists after offering to wash their windows. However, Bunny finds her frustrations difficult to contain, leading her to clash frequently with the public and police. Finding herself without her children or a home, Bunny crashes at her sister’s. Her stay is interrupted by a confrontation with her sister’s partner, which leads Bunny to try and take her niece Tonyah (McKenzie) under her wing.
Davis said “I’m so excited to be playing Bunny King; she’s a fighter with a heart of gold who will never give up on her kids or her niece in spite of the whole world’s injustice. It will be great working with Thomasin again after her beautiful work in TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG.”
Davis is known for her performance in the cult classic THE BABADOOK, to her role of ‘Lady Crane’ in series six of the HBO phenomenon GAME OF THRONES and her much-loved turn as ‘Phyrne Fisher’ in ABC’s MISS FISHER’S MURDER MYSTERIES. As well as TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG, her recent work includes the bittersweet comedy BABYTEETH, starring opposite Ben Mendelsohn which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and Foxtel Australia drama, LAMBS OF GOD.
New Zealand actress McKenzie’s breakout role was in the critically acclaimed film LEAVE NO TRACE, directed by Debra Granik (WINTER’S BONE), starring alongside Ben Foster. McKenzie’s performance earned her the 2018 National Board of Review’s “Breakthrough Performance Award,” as well as Santa Barbara’s prestigious “Virtuoso Award.” She was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, Critics Choice Award and a Gotham Independent Film Award. In addition to TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG and JOJO RABBIT, McKenzie will also appear in David Michod’s Netflix film THE KING alongside Timothee Chalamet, Joel Edgerton and Robert Pattinson, which recently premiered at the Venice International Film Festival. She also co-stars opposite Amy Ryan in documentarian Liz Garbus’ narrative feature debut LOST GIRLS, which will premiere on Netflix next year. McKenzie recently completed production as the lead in Edgar Wright’s psychological horror LAST NIGHT IN SOHO.
THE JUSTICE OF BUNNY KING is a Firefly Films production, supported by the New Zealand Film Commission, the New Zealand Screen Production Grant, Images & Sound and Blockhead VFX.
Protagonist Pictures is handling world sales and Madman Entertainment will distribute in Australia and New Zealand.
Davis is represented by United Agents in the UK and WME. McKenzie is represented by UTA, Untitled Entertainment, Industry Entertainment and Gail Cowan Management.
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