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Russell Crowe and Nicholas Hoult saddle up for True History of the Kelly Gang

Russell Crowe is Richie Roberts in American Gangster

Story by Jack Foley

RUSSELL Crowe and Nicholas Hoult have saddled up for gothic Western True History of the Kelly Gang.

The film marks the latest from acclaimed director Justin Kurzel (Snowtown, Macbeth).

Based on Peter Carey’s Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name, the story follows Ned Kelly (played by Captain Fantastic star George MacKay), one of the world’s greatest outlaws, as he rises from the colonial badlands.

Essie Davis (The Babadook), Vikings star Travis Fimmel and Stranger Things newcomer Dacre Montgomery are also set for the feature, which is being penned by screenwriter Shaun Grant.

Rounding out the cast is Sean Keenan, Harry Greenwood, Thomasin McKenzie and Earl Cave.

Filming is due to begin on location in Australia next year (2018).