More cast members for the Australian production “Paper Dolls” have been revealed.
The ensemble cast will include Emma Booth (“Glitch”), Thomas Cocquerel (“The Gilded Age”) and Ditch Davey (“Spartacus”).
The trio joins Emalia (“Australian Gangster”), Naomi Sequeira (“Evermoor Chronicles”), Miah Madden (“Redfern Now”), Courtney Clarke (“Last King of The Cross”) and Courtney Monsma (“Frozen The Musical”), who will play the fictionalised band members who come together on a musical television show “Pop Rush” at the cusp of the new millennium.
Booth said she is thrilled to be back home in Australia, playing the role of Margot.
“It is such an exciting time in television for female-driven storytelling,” she said. “The creative team behind “Paper Dolls” has crafted a powerful, nuanced and fascinating story about the perks and perils of fame that I can’t wait to bring to life.”
Cocquerel said: “I’m so excited to be joining such a talented ensemble for “Paper Dolls”. The scripts are gripping, and I think audiences are going to be really captivated by this story. It’s also a joy to be filming at home again. I haven’t shot in Sydney since I started working nearly 10 years ago and it’s so nice be back.”
Daved added: “I’m excited to be working with Helium, Network 10 and the fabulous cast on this exciting project. This is a story that peers behind the curtain and shines a spotlight onto the darker and largely unseen corners of the industry. Stories like this are vital for safeguarding the future lives and careers of the artists that are the faces of our entertainment industries.”
Whilst Network 10 stressed in a disclaimer that “Paper Dolls” is a work of fiction, with all stories, names, characters and incidents bearing no real-life connection to real people, places, businesses or products, the series is based in an original concept created by Belinda Chapple.
Chapple herself found fame on “Popstars” in 1999, ultimately becoming part of a female pop group known as Bardot.
It will be executive produced by Chapple and Mark Fennessy (“Last King of The Cross”) from Helium Pictures. Jessica Carrera (“Seriously Red”) and Kerrie Mainwaring (“Bali 2002”) are producers.
Writers including David Hannam (“Darby and Joan”), Marieke Hardy (“Heartbreak High”), Jenna Purcell, Sara Khan (“Heartbreak High”) and Thomas Wilson-White (“Heartbreak High”) worked on the project.
It will be directed by Tenika Smith (“The Heights”), Nina Buxton (“Summer Love”) and Erin White (“Wellmania”).
The show will screen on Paramount ANZ’s Network 10 and 10 Play.
The production had major investment from Screen Australia in association with Screen NSW.