‘Home and Away’ alum Samara Weaving to star in ‘Charlie's Angels’ director's film

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Joseph McGinty Nichol
"Charlie's Angels" director Joseph McGinty Nichol speaks at a panel for the ABC Family television series during the Television Critics Association Cable Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, California August 5, 2015. Reuters/Danny Moloshok

Samara Weaving is set to star in “The Babysitter,” which will be helmed by “Charlie’s Angels” director Joseph McGinty Nichol. The 23-year-old actress is known for her role in the Australian soap opera “Home and Away.”

Weaving will play the lead role in the film, which is about a 12-year-old boy and his babysitter on a night of unexpected events, Variety reports. Before taking on the director's chair, Nichol was originally set to produce the Hollywood film.

In partnership with Boies/Schiller Film Group’s Zack Schiller, Wonderland is co-financing “The Babysitter” with its new vice president Steven Bello as one of the executive producers. Schiller, James McGough and Brian Duffield, who wrote the screenplay, will also executively produce the film.

Known for his films “Charlie’s Angels” and “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” Nichol also directed episodes of “The Mysteries of Laura,” “Kevin From Work” and “Shadowhunters.” “The Babysitter” will be the first film he will direct since the 2014 film “3 Days to Kill.”

Meanwhile, “The Babysitter” marks Weaving’s first lead role in a Hollywood movie. Previously, the Australian actress, repped by CAA, Shanahan Management and Untitled Entertainment, played supporting roles in Fin Edquist’s thriller “Bad Girl” with Benjamin Winspear and Sara West.

In “Home and Away,” Weaving played a troubled teen named Indigo Walker, who had a relationship with a flirtatious man named Romeo Smith, which was played by Luke Mitchell. Weaving’s character first appeared on the Australian soap opera on July 30, 2009 and departed on Nov. 13, 2013.

Aside from “The Babysitter,” Weaving will also play a starring role in “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” the sequel of the Starz series “Evil Dead.” Set to premiere on Oct. 31, “Ash vs. Evil Dead” stars Bruce Campbell, Jill Marie Jones, Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless, Ray Santiago, Mimi Rogers, Hemky Madera, Phil Peleton and Mike Edward, among others.

In 2016, Weaving will also appear in “Before Dawn” and “Monster Trucks.” Written and directed by Julian Roberts, “Before Dawn” is a crime thriller, which also stars Marcus Graham and Georga Chara, while “Monster Trucks” is an animation action film directed by Chris Wedge starring Rob Lowe, Barry Pepper and Jane Levy, among others.

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