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Eric Bana on bringing novel The Dry to life in regional Australia amid COVID-19 setbacks

Speaking to Daily Mail Australia at the premiere of The Dry in Sydney, Eric said he was excited to bring the best-selling novel to life without leaving the country
Eric Bana reveals he was protective of bringing novel The Dry to life in regional Australia - after the film faced multiple setbacks due to Covid-19

By Candice Jackson For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 23:05 GMT, 15 December 2020 | Updated: 23:41 GMT, 15 December 2020

The Dry marks Eric Bana's first lead role in an Australian movie in 13 years.

And with the local industry thriving amid the coronavirus pandemic, the 52-year-old actor felt the project was 'really special' to be part of.

Speaking to Daily Mail Australia at the premiere in Sydney, Eric said he was excited to bring the best-selling novel to life without leaving the country.

Leading man: Eric Bana (pictured at the premiere of The Dry on Tuesday) has revealed he was excited to take on a lead role in an Australian movie for the first time in 13 years
Leading man: Eric Bana (pictured at the premiere of The Dry on Tuesday) has revealed he was excited to take on a lead role in an Australian movie for the first time in 13 years

Leading man: Eric Bana (pictured at the premiere of The Dry on Tuesday) has revealed he was excited to take on a lead role in an Australian movie for the first time in 13 years

The Dry was filmed across more than 20 regional towns in rural Victoria last year, before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

'Being able to film in regional Victoria was really, really special and not having to sit on a plane for 20 hours, and that sort of thing, it did feel fantastic,' he said.

Eric, who also executive produced the film, said he was a longtime fan of Jane Harper's 2016 novel on which The Dry was based.

'It’s always exciting when you read something that you really want to be a part of that becomes a reality,' the Dirty John star said.

Project: The Dry was filmed across more than 20 regional towns in rural Victoria last year, before the coronavirus pandemic hit. Eric plays the lead character, Aaron Falk
Project: The Dry was filmed across more than 20 regional towns in rural Victoria last year, before the coronavirus pandemic hit. Eric plays the lead character, Aaron Falk

Project: The Dry was filmed across more than 20 regional towns in rural Victoria last year, before the coronavirus pandemic hit. Eric plays the lead character, Aaron Falk

Convenient: 'Being able to film in regional Victoria was really, really special and not having to sit on a plane for 20 hours, and that sort of thing, it did feel fantastic,' he said
Convenient: 'Being able to film in regional Victoria was really, really special and not having to sit on a plane for 20 hours, and that sort of thing, it did feel fantastic,' he said

Convenient: 'Being able to film in regional Victoria was really, really special and not having to sit on a plane for 20 hours, and that sort of thing, it did feel fantastic,' he said

The actor worked hard with director Robert Connolly to create a 'faithful adaptation of Jane's work'.

Jane herself told Daily Mail Australia the creative team had exceeded her expectations.

She said she was thrilled with the result and thought it definitely did her novel justice. 

'We felt very protective of how the film should look': Eric worked hard with director Robert Connolly to create a 'faithful adaptation of Jane's work'
'We felt very protective of how the film should look': Eric worked hard with director Robert Connolly to create a 'faithful adaptation of Jane's work'

'We felt very protective of how the film should look': Eric worked hard with director Robert Connolly to create a 'faithful adaptation of Jane's work'

'It is a very sensitive and faithful version': Jane herself told Daily Mail Australia the creative team had exceeded her expectations
'It is a very sensitive and faithful version': Jane herself told Daily Mail Australia the creative team had exceeded her expectations

'It is a very sensitive and faithful version': Jane herself told Daily Mail Australia the creative team had exceeded her expectations

'It is a very sensitive and faithful version of the book, I think,' she said.

Eric's film adaptation of the best-selling murder mystery will open on New Year’s Day, after being pushed back from its original August release date due to Covid-19.  

The Dry hits theatres on January 1, 2021 

Coming soon: The Dry hits theatres on January 1, 2021
Coming soon: The Dry hits theatres on January 1, 2021

Coming soon: The Dry hits theatres on January 1, 2021

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