Channel 7 are kicking off the new ratings year with the hotly anticipated INXS bio miniseries starring Luke Arnold, Samantha Jade and Hugh Sheridan. We’ve been teased with promos since late December and it’s only been as recent as last Friday that some of the cast including Georgina Haig and Alex Williams got to see the final result.
We’ve seen the previews, we’ve all talked about the uncanny resemblance between Luke Arnold and the late Michael Hutchence, we’re all hanging to see if singer Samantha Jade can pull off the role of Kylie Minogue and now, we’ll all finally be able to see it all for ourselves when Never Tear Us Apart; The Untold Story of INXS begins it’s two Sunday night run on Feb 9th.
In what could only be called as ‘perfect casting’ Luke Arnold (Winners & Losers) seems to perfectly nail down not only Michael Hutchence’s iconic look but gruff rock vocals as well, to the point INXS guitarist Tim Farriss was brought to tears during a table read in which Arnold played out a scene where Hutchence lamented not being around when the Farriss’ brothers mother had died.
The Starz drama series is set in 1715, when the Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean is at its height and the former British colony of New Providence Island is now lawless territory controlled by the most notorious pirate captains in history. As the British Navy returns to these waters and the threat of extinction looms, Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) finds an ally in Eleanor Guthrie (Hannah New), the daughter of the local smuggling kingpin who is looking to make a name for herself, and together they devise a plan to hunt the ultimate treasure and save their home. From Platinum Dunes, the show also stars Luke Arnold, Zach McGowan, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Tom Hopper, Toby Schmitz, Clara Paget, Mark Ryan and Hakeem Kae-Kazim.