by: Sammy Mink
Matrix star Hugo Weaving is attached to star as Sergeant Farrat in the big screen adaptation of Rosalie Ham’s THE DRESSMAKER. The drama centers on Tilly, a young woman who returns to the remote country town from which she fled as a child after being accused of murder in order to make amends with her eccentric mother. Jocelyn Moorhouse is directing from a script she adapted for Film Art Media. Earlier this year, Aussie stars Liam Hemsworth, Isla Fisher, and Elizabeth Debicki had joined the cast along with Caroline Goodall. Also recently cast are James Mackay (The Tomorrow People), Sacha Horler (Farscape), Kerry Fox (Bright Star), Alison Whyte (Frontline), Shane Bourne (Kokoda), Julia Blake (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), and Barry Otto (The Great Gatsby).
Weaving’s Sgt. Farrat is the town’s police officer and confidant who has a secret passion for fine fabrics and cross dressing, a far cry from Weaving’s most recognizable role playing Agent Smith in The Matrix franchise. Since the Matrix days, Weaving has played an elf in The Lord of the Rings franchise, an anarchist in V for Vendetta, and a Decepticon in the Transformers franchise but this role might be the one furthest from his wheelhouse. Among his upcoming projects, Weaving will star in crime/drama Mule and the thriller Strangerland with Nicole Kidman and Joseph Fiennes.
Personally, I’m always a fan of adaptations if they’re done well and I certainly enjoy seeing actors come out of their shells a little bit, playing roles that I wouldn’t normally associate them with. The thing about Weaving, though, is that he always seems to play characters with something to hide. I’m interested to see where this project goes, especially if I get to see Weaving in a dress.