‘Euphoria’ star Jacob Elordi is attached to star in director Justin Kurzel and writer Shaun Grant’s adaptation of ‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North,’ based on the novel of the same name by Richard Flanagan, Booker Prize winner, on World War II.
Australian Curio Pictures chief executive Jo Porter and creative director Rachel Gardner will executive produce the five-part series, Sony Pictures Television announced on Wednesday.
Elordi will play army surgeon Dorrigo Evans, whose brief romance with his uncle’s young wife sustains and haunts him through his darkest days as the reluctant leader of detained men in a Thai camp. Burmese during World War II.
“It’s exciting that Jacob Elordi is joining us on this project. The character of Dorrigo Evans requires a multi-layered actor who can bring strength, sensitivity and charisma to the role – qualities that Jacob possesses in spades. With the creative powers of Justin Kurzel and Shaun Grant, there couldn’t be a more exciting team to bring this important novel to life,” Porter said in a statement.
“It’s great for Shaun and I to collaborate with a talented actor like Jacob. ‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’ needs a powerful presence, and it feels like this young actor and this extraordinary book are met at the right time,” said director Kurzel.
Elordi’s other credits include the Netflix film “The Kissing Booth” and its sequels and the 2022 thriller “Deep Water” starring Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas. He will also play Elvis Presley in Sofia Coppola’s Upcoming Priscilla Presley Biopic “Priscilla.”
Elordi is represented by Gersh, Nicky Gluyas Management, Viewpoint and Goodman Genow Schenkman.
The project reunites Kurzel and Grant, whose 2021 film “Nitram” won Best Actor at Cannes for the lead role of Caleb Landry Jones. They have previously collaborated on “Snowtown” and “True History of the Kelly Gang”.
Novelist Richard Flanagan will also serve as executive producer, alongside Kurzel, Grant, Porter and Gardner.