Saturday, August 18, 2012

Megan Gale, Courtney Eaton join Mad Max 4. Abbey Lee Kershaw cast as "The Dag"

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Filming continues apace in Namibia on the fourth instalment of George Miller's dystopian action flick Mad Max: Fury Road and the production company Kennedy Miller Mitchell has finally coughed up a few details. Chic Management confirmed Abbey Lee Kershaw had been cast, but now comes news that Kershaw's co-stars include two other Australian models, one a very big name down under.  

According to a press release, Megan Gale has joined the film's cast, alongside unknown Perth model Courtney Eaton.

The name of Gale's character has not been revealed, however Kershaw and Eaton have been cast as, respectively, "Fragile" and "The Dag" - two members of a supermodel-heavy posse of female characters who are referred to as "The Wives". They join Rosie Huntington-Whiteley ("Splendid"), Riley Keough ("Capable") and Zoe Kravitz ("Toast"). 

Mysteriousy, the release makes no mention of Australian actor Adelaide Clemens who was photographed on set with Huntington-Whiteley and co last month

For international readers, FYI a "dag" is an Australian vernacular term that denotes an unfashionable person. Which is hilariously ironic, given Kershaw's day job as the world's number 5-ranked fashion model. But that's the slang version of the word. The original meaning of the word "dag" hails from the sheep farming industry and refers to the nuggets of dried faeces that tend to accumulate around the rear ends of sheep. No kidding. 

While the name of Kershaw's character may be a cracker, equally amusing is the fact that Oz musician iOTA has also joined the cast as "Coma-Doof Warrior".

Gale and Miller have some history together. 

Originally cast to play the role of Wonder Woman in Warner Bros' film adaptation of DC Comics' Justice League of America, which Miller was due direct, the film was shelved in 2008

In the interim, the screen adaptation of Marvel's The Avengers has demonstrated an apparently insatiable appetite for cartoon superheroes on the big screen - The Avengers is now the third highest-grossing film of all time after Avatar and Titanic. Little wonder that Warner Bros – which owns the film rights to DC Comics – is now reviving Justice League of America. Gale recently expressed some doubt that she would be reconsidered for the Wonder Woman role. 

However, with Gale having now scored some kind of gig on Mad Max: Fury Road - which is being distributed worldwide by Warner Bros, in association with Village Roadshow - could this be a warmup? 

Not much is known about 16 year-old Eaton, beyond the fact that she is from Bunbury, Western Australia and is represented by Viviens Management. Viviens has sent a number of its models along to film castings and "workshops" in Sydney, including Gemma Ward for Mad Max: Fury Road and Tiah Eckhardt for X-Men: First Class.  

Both Kershaw and Gale are represented by Chic Management; Gale, with the Chic Celebrity division. 

Here's a snapshot of the release:

“Mad Max: Fury Road”–the fourth in the franchise’s history–stars Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises”) in the title role of Max Rockatansky, alongside Oscar(R) winner Charlize Theron (“Monster”, “Prometheus”) as Imperator Furious.
“Mad Max is caught up with a group of people fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by the Imperator Furiosa. This movie is an account of the Road War which follows. It is based on the Word Burgers of the History Men and eyewitness accounts of those who survived.
“Mad Max: Fury Road” also stars Nicholas Hoult (“X-Men: First Class”) as Nux; Hugh Keays-Byrne (“Mad Max,” “Sleeping Beauty”) as Immortan Joe; and Nathan Jones (“Conan the Barbarian”) as Rictus Erectus. Collectively known as The Wives, Zoe Kravitz (“X-Men: First Class”) plays Toast, Riley Keough (“Magic Mike”) is Capable, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”) is Splendid. They are joined by supermodel Abbey Lee Kershaw as The Dag and Courtney Eaton as Fragile, both of whom are making their big screen debuts. Also featured in the movie are Josh Helman as Slit, Jennifer Hagan as Miss Giddy, and singer/songwriter/performer iOTA as Coma-Doof Warrior. 
The cast is rounded out by well-known Australian actors John Howard, Richard Carter, supermodel Megan Gale, Angus Sampson, Joy Smithers, Gillian Jones, Melissa Jaffer and Melita Jurisic".


abbey lee kershaw - backstage at david jones SS1011/patty huntington
megan gale - backstage at alex perry SS1112/patty huntington
courtney eaton - via


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