Anna Paquin, Cliff Curtis & Josh Lawson Board Netflix Family Pic ‘True Spirit’

Pacquin is represented by Brillstein Entertainment partners and the Gersh Agency. Lawson is represented by UTA, Silver Lining Entertainment, and LMCM. Curtis is repped by WME and Anonymous Content. Spillane’s is repped by RGM Artists, WME, Intellectual Property Group, and Alexander, Lawrence, Frumes & Labowitz.” />
Netflix has set the adult cast of their upcoming Australian family movie True Spirit with Oscar winner Anna Paquin, Avatar franchise star Cliff Curtis, and Oscar nominee Josh Lawson.
She played Sookie Stackhouse on HBO's long-running series True Blood and she currently stars on the Amazon Prime series Flack which she also executive produces. Paquin became the second-youngest actress when she was 11 to win Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars for The Piano in 1994. Other feature credits include The Irishman, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Good Dinosaur and the upcoming American Underdog.
Rebecca Banner handled revisions. Sarah Spillane (Around the Block, This Life) directs off her adapted script of Jessica Watson's bestselling memoir True Spirit.
The trio join previously announced Tiegan Croft who'll portray Watson. Paquin is set to play Jessica's mum, Julie Watson; Lawson is Jessica's dad, Roger Watson; while Curtis is Jessica's coach, Ben Bryant.
Clément Bauer will co-produce for Resonate Entertainment.
Curtis credits include Avatar 2-5, Hobbs & Shaw, Doctor Sleep, The Meg, the upcoming Reminiscence and the AMC series Fear of the Walking Dead.
Lawson was nominated at the Oscars in 2018 in the Best Live Action Short category for Eleven O'Clock. His feature credits include Mortal Kombat, Bombshell and the TV series Superstore and House of Lies.
The movie will be shot in Queensland and Sydney, Australia later this year with a predominantly local cast and crew. The production is backed by the Queensland Government via Screen Queensland’s Production Attraction Strategy.
EPs are Shahen Mekertichian (Lion) for Sunstar Entertainment; Sarah Spillane; Brent Emery & Suzanne Farwell for Resonate Entertainment; Georgina Marquis
Producers are  Susan Cartsonis (Feel the Beat, Aquamarine, What Women Want) for Resonate Entertainment; Debra Martin Chase (Harriet, The Princess Diaries, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) for Martin Chase Productions; and Andrew Fraser (Lion) for Sunstar Entertainment.
She accomplished what many thought impossible, navigating some of the world's most challenging stretches of oceans and surviving seven knockdowns while at sea for 210 days. True Spirit is based on the true story of 16 year old Australian, Jessica Watson, who, in 2010, became the youngest person to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world. Watson will consult on the biopic.

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