Jacob Elordi is having a very good year.
The Australian actor and Hollywood Bright Young Thing has landed a role in a five-part drama series called The Narrow Road to the Deep North, adapted from an award-winning book by acclaimed writer Richard Flanagan.
The show will also star Irish legend Ciaran Hinds, Simon Baker, The Last Stand’s Odessa Young, Elvis’s Olivia DeJonge, Heartbreak High’s Thomas Weatherall and Heather Mitchell.
The series has been commissioned by Amazon Prime Video and is in production in New South Wales. Elordi was photographed arriving at Sydney Airport in late October.
The Narrow Road to the Deep North will be a historical epic that will span decades, centred on a soldier named Dorrigo Evans who is taken as a prisoner-of-war on the Thailand-Burma Railway and later becomes a war hero and surgeon. Elordi will play the younger Evans before Hinds takes over the role in the character’s later years.
Filmmaker Justin Kurzel will direct all the episodes from a screenplay by Shaun Grant. Kurzel and Grant have previously worked together on Kurzel’s films Nitram, True History of the Kelly Gang and Snowtown.
The series will receive government funding and support through Screen Australia and Screen NSW.
The Brisbane-born Elordi, 26, is riding a wave of high-profile projects. He broke out in 2018 in the popular Netflix young adult rom-com The Kissing Booth before going on to play a prominent role in HBO series Euphoria, alongside Zendaya and Sydney Sweeney.
Elordi is currently in two award-season contenders, Emerald Fennell’s Saltburn, in which he plays an aristocratic university student, and Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla, in which he stars as Elvis Presley.
He has also wrapped production on two upcoming films including Oh, Canada, a drama written and directed by Paul Schrader (American Gigolo, First Reformed) that also stars Richard Gere.