Luke Hemsworth to join Liam Hemsworth and Russell Crowe in Land Of Bad

Action thriller set to begin shooting in Australia this month.

By Michael Rosser 9 Sep 2022

Luke Hemsworth to join Liam Hemsworth and Russell Crowe in Land Of Bad
Luke Hemsworth. Credit: Highland Film Group

Westworld star Luke Hemsworth is to join brother Liam Hemsworth and Russell Crowe in Highland Film Group’s action thriller and TIFF sales titles Land Of Bad.

With shooting set to take place on Australia’s Gold Coast and South East Queensland from this month, further new cast members include This Is Us star Milo Ventimiglia, Ricky Whittle of American Gods, Daniel MacPherson and Chika Ikogwe.

Will Eubank will direct and co-wrote the film with David Frigerio, having previously worked together on Focus Features’ 2014 sci-fi The Signal.

In Land Of Bad, Crowe plays Reaper, an Air Force drone pilot who must try to fix a botched special ops mission in the Philippines. Luke Hemsworth plays a member of a military team deployed to retrieve their captured man while Liam Hemsworth plays a green air force officer, who is thrust into the middle of a high-stakes extraction. It will mark the first time the two brothers have co-starred in a feature together.

Producers are Eubank and Frigerio for Broken Open Pictures, Adam Beasley and Michael Jefferson for Volition Media Partners, R.U. Robot and Highland Film Group. Highland Film Group is representing international rights to the film, on which it launched sales at Cannes. 

The Australian government said the production would provide more than 270 jobs of local cast, crew and extras. Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said: “Led locally by Brisbane’s Hoodlum Entertainment who will executive produce, Land of Bad will enjoy first-class expertise from a Queensland crew and deliver an estimated $7.7m into the state’s economy.”

Palaszczuk added that the production was incentivised to shoot in the state through Screen Queensland’s Production Attraction Strategy. The Australian executive producers are Hoodlum Entertainment’s Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield and Tracey Vieira.

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