Essie Davis (pictured) reprises her role as glam private eye The Hon. Phryne Fisher, on a brand new adventure that the production describe as ‘the exploits of The Hon. Phryne Fisher in 1920s Melbourne, Australia, lead her to murder, mystery and mayhem from London to British Palestine. After freeing a young Bedouin girl (Shirin Abbas) from her unjust imprisonment in Jerusalem, Miss Fisher begins to unravel a decade-old mystery concerning priceless emeralds, ancient curses and the truth behind the suspicious disappearance of Shirin’s forgotten tribe.’
Announced today, British actor Rupert Penry-‐Jones (Spooks, Silk) and Australian actors Daniel Lapaine (Zero Dark Thirty, Muriel’s Wedding) and Jacqueline McKenzie (The Water Diviner, Harmony, Occupation) have joined the cast. Nathan Page as Detective Inspector Jack Robinson, Miriam Margolyes (Harry Potter) as Aunt Prudence, Ashleigh Cummings as the loyal assistant and maid Dorothy ‘Dot’ Collins and Hugo Johnstone-Burt as her adoring husband Constable Hugh Collins all reprise the roles they played in the TV series.
Other cast include John Stanton (The Dr Blake Mysteries, Beneath Hill 60), William Zappa (Mad Max 2), Ian Bliss (Matrix Reloaded), Los Angeles-based Egyptian star Kal Naga (Eyes of a Thief) and introducing Australian actress Izabella Yena.
The screenplay for Miss Fisher & The Crypt of Tears is by Deb Coox, produced by Fiona Eagger, with Every Cloud’s Eagger and Cox also acting as executive producers. Lucy Maclaren is co-producer. The film will be directed by Tony Tilse, who was the set-up director on the television series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.