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It looks like Stuart Beattie’s Aussie war epic “Tomorrow: When the War Began” has found its leading lady in 19-year old Caitlin Stasey, who will play the film’s (and possibly trilogy’s) female lead, a teenage girl name Ellie Linton. The books that the movie will be based on, John Marsden’s bestselling “Tomorrow” series of young adult reads, is told from Ellie’s perspective as she and her fellow Down Under kids help the adults repel an invasion of their homeland by unidentified forces. And yes, Aussies, she is one of you, so no need to go out into the streets to protest.
According to Rotten Tomatoes, this will be Stasey’s first feature film. Her previous credits include turns on Aussie TV’s long-running Neighbours show, as well as something called The Sleepover Club. She’s also currently filming a movie called “Wonder Boy”.
“Tomorrow: When The War Began” is the first of an expected movie franchise that will chronicle the invasion and occupation of Australia by a foreign power. Like the kids of “Red Dawn”, the kids of “Tomorrow”, led by teenager Ellie Linton, wages a guerrilla war against the enemy stationed in their town. Stasey is the film’s first official casting, and probably it’s most important, since the movies will probably be told from her perspective, much like the books were.