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Martin Freeman to Star in Zombie Thriller 'Cargo'; Icon Takes UK

Magazine article Screen International

Martin Freeman to Star in Zombie Thriller 'Cargo'; Icon Takes UK

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The Hobbit star Martin Freeman is attached to star in zombie pandemic thriller Cargo from producer Kristina Ceyton (The Babadook).

Bankside is launching international sales on the project in Cannes and has pre-sold UK rights to Icon Film Distribution, which had success at the local box office with The Babadook. Umbrella Entertainment will release in Australia/New Zealand.

The feature is based on Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling's short of the same name, which clocked more than 10 million views on YouTube. Howling will direct with fellow first-time feature director Ramke, who has also written the script.

Freeman, who stars alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in hit BBC series Sherlock, will play a father who, stranded in rural Australia in the aftermath of a violent pandemic and, infected himself, desperately seeks a new home for his infant child and a means to protect her from his own changing nature.

Sam Jennings of Australia's Causeway Films produces with Ceyton alongside Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder of LA-based Addictive Pictures. The film is set to shoot in Australia in fall 2016.

Financiers include Screen Australia, South Australian Film Commission and Head Gear Films. …

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