A I predicted earlier, the planned movie of the horrendous March 2019 massacre of Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, has been axed.
This decision followed opposition from the city’s elders, a growing “far-too-soon” sentiment and commendable concern from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern that her role in the aftermath of the massacre should not be overplayed.
But the good news, my spies in the NZ film industry tell me, is that the project has not been completely abandoned and will turn its focus to the life and times of that country’s remarkable leader.
Unfortunately, project commitments down the track have meant that Australian actress Rose Byrne has had to be released.
But the producers are very excited about their prospects of hiring a number of relative unknowns to play Ms Ardern from her birth in Hamilton on the north island, her upbringing as a Mormon in Morrinsville and Murupara, her attendance at Morrinsville College, her young adult life at the University of Waikato and her amazing rise through the ranks of New Zealand Labour.
To that end, they are already talking to a number of female descendants of various ages of legendary Australian entertainer Chad Morgan.