“In my opionion, despite his small role in the movies, Jai totally stole the show from the lead actors. That’s why so many people like Eric. He made the unlikable character likable and completely nailed the role. Hats off to him. It’s not an easy task to make people love a villain.”
you forget that you do choose your life and there are so many things to be grateful for and I feel like society has gotten to that point where we’re always looking for the next and the better and we lose sight of what’s actually in front of us. - shailene woodley
Shailene Woodley and Jai Courtney team up for ‘Arkie’
Shailene Woodley, Jai Courtney and online star Andrew “King Bach” Bachelor have joined the cast of animated feature Arkie.
The film, being introduced to buyers in Cannes, is created by Nathan Jurevicius, the award-winning artist behind the Scarygirl graphic novel and video game, and directed by his brother Luke Jurevicius (AACTA Award-winning Figaro Pho).
Arkie is a fantastical adventure about an inventive and
inquisitive young girl, Arkie (Woodley), who must leave the safety of
her home and embark on an epic journey to a dazzling but dangerous
metropolis to rescue her father Blister from the clutches of the evil
scientist Dr. Maybee (Courtney). Bachelor, with over 16 million online
followers, will play the role of Bunniguru, a comedic adventurer who
relies on his “book of useless proverbs” and wit to get him out of many
“It’s been a brilliant journey participating in Arkie’s
evolution over the years,” said the Jurevicius brothers. “We can’t wait
to work with our wonderfully talented actors in bringing her world to
life on the big screen. It’s so great that this film has attracted such
significant talent. We knew Arkie’s story was strong, but having
Shailene, Jai and Andrew are important confirmation that we are creating
something truly special.”
The picture is an Australian / Canadian co-production lead by Sophie Byrne of Passion Pictures Australia (Academy Award winner The Lost Thing) and Nicole Stinn of Nitrogen Studios (Sausage Party). John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda) also serves as an exec producer. Luma Pictures are on board as the animation studio for Australia.
We are so excited that Arkie has engaged such high calibre
talent,“ said producer Sophie Byrne. "Bachelor brings his unique comedic
edge to Bunniguru, Woodley’s distinct voice, the right combination of
vulnerability and savvy of Arkie, and Courtney the perfect blend of
charisma mixed with sinister charm for the evil scientist, Dr Maybee”.
Odin’s Eye Entertainment (OEE) will ramp up sales in Cannes this year,
already having closed deals with a number of key territories Madman
(Australia / NZ), Italy (Notorious), Baltics (Best Film), Yugoslavia
(Dexin), Middle East (Phonencia), Phillipines (Captive)
is like no other,” said OEE founder Michael Favelle who also doubles as
an exec producer. “It has the creative sensibility of Miyazaki fused
with the vibrant colours of The Lorax and the heart and warmth of Amelie.”
UTA is packaging and also handling the U.S. sale, with further A-list cast in negotiation. Arkie is anticipated to hit screens in late 2019.
Woodley is represented by UTA and managed by Management 360, Courtney is
also represented by UTA and managed by Silver Lining Entertainment and
Morrissey Management, and Bachelor is repped by UTA and managed by
My family isn’t proud of me because my pictures are on a billboard or that I’m on television. They are proud of me because I did it on my own and on my terms. Of course when I was younger my parents were weary about me leaving home and going out on my own, but I knew it was something I had to do for myself.