Renowned Austrailian actress Rose Byrne has been roped in to play New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in upcoming project titled, They Are Us.
As per the Variety reported, the drama, which will be written and directed by Andrew Niccol, is set in the aftermath of the 2019 Christchurch attacks on New Zealand’s Muslim community.
The movie is described as an “inspirational story” about Ardern’s response to the tragic events, and the remarkable achievements of her government and citizens, who rallied behind her message of compassion and unity to ban assault rifles in New Zealand, according to the film’s official plotline.
The movie’s title has also been developed from the PM’s powerful speech describing the 51 victims of the attack, which took place across two mosques in Christchurch during Friday prayer on March 15, 2019.
They Are Us is produced by Ayman Jamal, Stewart Till, Niccol and Philippa Campbell. Production will take place in New Zealand. The script was developed in consultation with several members of the mosques affected by the tragedy.
“They Are Us is not so much about the attack but the response to the attack [and] how an unprecedented act of hate was overcome by an outpouring of love and support,” said Niccol. “The film addresses our common humanity, which is why I think it will speak to people around the world. It is an example of how we should respond when there’s an attack on our fellow human beings.”