Stan announces summer premieres on eve of Disney+ launch

• Stan has revealed four big premieres of Stan Originals on the eve of the launch of Disney+ in Australia.

Stan released a first-look and premiere dates for what it has called Australia’s biggest ever line-up of premium originals premiering across the summer.
The titles include the return of Matt Okine’s comedy The Other Guy, relationship drama The Commons, haunting crime thriller The Gloaming and the critically acclaimed Stan Original Film True History of the Kelly Gang.

Okine’s comedy will return for its second season on December 13. Directed by Gracie Otto (The Last Impresario), the six-part comedy series stars Matt Okine, Harriet Dyer (Stan’s No Activity), Valene Kane (Rogue One), Christiaan Van Vuuren (Soul Mates), Lily Sullivan (Stan’s Romper Stomper) and Claudia Karvan (Newton’s Law).

Premiering next, on Christmas day, is the eight-part character-driven relationship drama, The Commons. Stan is calling it a vision of the future where rising temperatures give way to drought, dust storms and fires, and is also a story about motherhood as the ultimate act of faith in humanity.

Written and created by AACTA Award-winner Shelley Birse (The Code) and featuring an all-star cast led by three time Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey), the series boasts standout performances from David Lyons (Safe Haven), Ryan Corr (Stan Original Series Bloom), Rupert Penry- Jones (Spooks) and Damon Herriman (Stan’s Perpetual Grace, Ltd). The Commons is guided by an outstanding lineup of directors, including AACTA Award-winner Jeffrey Walker (Lambs of God, Riot), BAFTA Award-winner Rowan Woods (Nowhere Boys, Rake) and Jennifer Leacey (Reckoning,The Secret She Keeps).

Premiering on New Year’s Day is the thrilling eight-part series, The Gloaming. The crime series is the creation of Executive Producer and Writer Vicki Madden (The Kettering Incident) and stars award-winning actors Emma Booth (Glitch) and Ewen Leslie (The Cry). In it, Booth and Leslie play two detectives bound by a childhood tragedy who are driven to solve a horrific murder which connects the past and the present in a world of superstition and supernatural forces. Martin Henderson (Grey’s Anatomy), Aaron Pedersen (Mystery Road) and Rena Owen (Siren) also star, with a stellar director lineup including Michael Rymer (American Horror Story), Greg McLean (Stan Original Series Wolf Creek) and Sian Davies (Nowhere Boys).

Premiering on Australia Day is the movie inspired by Peter Carey’s Man Booker prizewinning novel of the same name, True History of the Kelly Gang. This Stan Original Film is an epic, fictionalised re-telling of the life of legendary Australian bushranger Ned Kelly. Written for the screen by Shaun Grant (Snowtown) and directed by the award- winning Justin Kurzel (Snowtown, Assassin’s Creed), it stars a cast of award- winning Australian and international stars, including BAFTA Award-winner George MacKay (Captain Fantastic), Oscar-winner Russell Crowe (Stan’s The Loudest Voice), Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road), Essie Davis (The Babadook), Claudia Karvan (Stan Original Series The Other Guy), Earl Cave (Born to Kill) and Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy).

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