The war’s officially begun: Paramount announced today that 19-year-old Australian actress Caitlin Stasey will take the key role of Ellie Linton in the first film of John Marsden’s hugely successful Tomorrow novels, a seven-volume “young adult invasion” series that has sold more than two million copies in Australia and New Zealand.
Marsden’s series’ recounts the guerilla warfare of a band of teenagers who fight to repel an attack on Australia. The books, which began publishing in 1993, are told from the perspective of Ellie.
Tomorrow: When the War Began will mark the directing debut of Stuart Beattie, whose writing credits include work on Pirates of the Caribbean, Collateral, Baz Luhrmann’s Australia and G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra.
The film will be Stasey’s first, having previously served time on long-running local soap Neighbours.