Eliza Scalen, Sam Worthington and Richard Roxburgh among the cast – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Australian Drama Series Fires gathered his cast.

The series, created by Stateless creator Tony Ayres and Belinda Chayko, reunited an ensemble cast starring Eliza Scanlen (Sharp objects), Sam Worthington (Avatar), Richard Roxburgh (The crown), Sullivan Stapleton (Blind spot), Miranda Otto (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Page-Lochard Hunter (Harrow), Anna Torv (Mindhunter), Kate Box (Stateless), Helana Sawires (Stateless), Daniel Henshall (Defend Jacob) and Noni Hazlehurst (A place to call home).

They are joined by newcomers Ameshol Ajang, Stacy Clausen and Nyawuda Chuol.

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The six-part series, inspired by the extraordinary tales of people who survived the catastrophic fire season in Australia in late 2019 and early 2020, will air on ABC in Australia and NBCUniversal Global Distribution handles international sales.

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It is produced by Tony Ayres Productions, supported by NBCU, and written by showrunner Chayko, Jacquelin Perske, Mirrah Foulkes, Steven McGregor and Anya Beyersdorf.

Executive producers include Tony Ayres, Andrea Denholm and Liz Watts. Elisa Argenzio is a producer. Michael Rymer (Hannibal), Ana Kokkinos (The hunt) and Kim Mordaunt (Wakefield) are also confirmed as directors of the series and filming has officially started in Melbourne and the Victoria area.

Ayres said: “Like the rest of the world, I have watched the devastation caused by the recent mega-fires in Australia with horror. I asked myself “how can we react as artists?” The response has been to tell the stories of some of the people who have been through this global catastrophe, so that we will never forget what they have been through and always remember our responsibility for change.

Belinda Chayko added, “So many people were affected by the 2019/2020 fires and we wanted to honor their experiences and the losses they suffered – to make sure their stories are not forgotten. Fires is a series about ordinary people caught up in the unimaginable and how they came together in the face of a devastating natural disaster.

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