Jacki Weaver to head the cast of new TV drama Bloom

Australian acting legend Jacki Weaver is to head the cast of a new television drama titled Bloom.


The series, which has been commissioned by the streaming platform Stan, also stars Bryan Brown, Phoebe Tonkin, Ryan Corr, Genevieve Morris, Anne Charleston and Terry Norris.

Bloom is set in a small town one year after devastating floods killed five people; in the wake of that tragedy a strange flower blooms which appears to have the ability to restore youth.

Australian actress Jacki Weaver.

Australian actress Jacki Weaver.

"What may at first appear to be a gift soon seems more like a curse, but will ultimately turn out to be a kind of karmic lesson," the program's marketing material says. "It allows our protagonists to re-evaluate their lives and confront their regrets."

Weaver will play Gwendolyn Reed in the series; Tonkin, whose US credits include The Vampire Diaries, will play the younger version of Weaver's character.

71-year-old Weaver won wide acclaim, and two Oscar nominations, for her work on Animal Kingdom in 2010 and Silver Linings Playbook in 2012.

The Sydney-born actress has a vast body of work, including the films Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Removalists and Caddie, as well as acclaimed stage productions of A Streetcar Named Desire and Chekhov's Uncle Vanya.

Stan has commissioned six one-hour episodes of Bloom from the Sony Pictures Television-owned local production company Playmaker.

The series has been funded by Stan and the federal screen content funding body Screen Australia.

The series was created by writer Glen Dolman and will be directed by John Curran and Mat King.

Other members of the cast include Daniel Henshall, Sam Reid, Amali Golden, Nicki Sheils, Tessa Rose, John Stanton and Rod Mullinar.

Screen Australia's head of production Sally Caplan said the organisation were "intrigued by [the] highly distinctive sci-fi concept" of Bloom.

Filming on the series is underway in Victoria; the series will premiere on Stan in summer.

Stan is a joint venture between Fairfax Media, the publisher of this website, and Nine Entertainment Co.

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