We first heard back in May that Simon Pegg was going to be starring in a decidedly non-comedic thriller from Australian director Kriv Stenders (Red Dog) called Kill Me Three Times, which sounded pretty interesting in and of itself, but now Deadline has some casting news regarding the project that’s made it appear even more appealing due to some added fresh faces and some light being shed on the plot.
First off, the faces. According to the report, youthful Aussies Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) and Luke Hemsworth (that third Hemsworth brother you’ve heard rumors about), have just joined the ensemble, which, in addition to Pegg, has also picked up Alice Braga (City of God), Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom), and Callan Mulvey (Zero Dark Thirty) along the way. For those keeping score, that’s a whole handful of hot young actors starring in a movie from the guy who made one of the highest grossing Australian films of all time. Seems like Kill Me Three Times has what it takes to be a winner.
But what’s it about? The film was penned by first time feature writer James McFarland, and it’s said to be a crime movie in which a singer in a surf town (Braga) acts as the link between three stories that involve blackmail, revenge, and murder. Mulvey is playing the Braga character’s husband, who seems to want her dead, Stapleton is playing a gambling addict who she’s trying to work a life insurance scam with, Hemsworth is playing a surfer who wants to protect her from the guy being sent to kill her, and Pegg—in probably the most intriguing casting here—is playing the deadly assassin who’s been hired to do the rubbing out.
And if all of that doesn’t sound like enough intrigue for you already, apparently old familiar face Bryan Brown (F/X, Cocktail) is going to be showing up to play a crooked cop as well. That’s quite the cast. If Stenders’ previous film, which starred Josh Lucas and a dog, was well-liked enough to become the ninth-highest grossing Australian film of all time, might this one have what it takes to actually top the list? You better watch your back, Crocodile Dundee.