Jake the Muss meets The Departed’

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The award-winning Kiwi behind an action thriller movie being shot in Queenstown says its big-name stars will arrive in the resort in a fortnight.

Hollywood heart-throb Temuera Morrison and British film actor Ray Winstone play the lead roles in Tracker, a tense drama set in 1903 New Zealand.

Rotorua-born Morrison shot to fame playing the abusive Jake “the Muss” Heke in 1994’s Once Were Warriors and shone as bounty hunter Jango Fett and other characters in the Star Wars series. Winstone is best-known for portraying hardman characters in hit gangster movies such as Sexy Beast and The Departed.

And Auckland-based producer Trevor Haysom – best-known for hit flick In My Father’s Den and primetime TV animation series Bro’Town – can’t wait to get started.

“We are coming to Queenstown in mid-November for three to four weeks and the actors will be with us,” Haysom says.

In Tracker, Winstone plays an ex-Boer War guerrilla in NZ who is sent out to bring back a Maori (Morrison) accused of killing a British soldier.

“Most of the scenes between Temuera and Ray, which is basically the bulk of the film, will be shot in various locations around Queenstown and Glenorchy,” Haysom explains.

“It’s a good combination of actors. Winstone is a very powerful performer and it’s a very powerful drama between two people.

“It’s a simple story set in a big landscape and the scenery around Queenstown is perfect for that.”
Fifteen local film industry specialists have been hired to work on the project – the first major movie to be shot in the area since box office smash Wolverine, which wrapped up last year.

Film Otago Southland boss KJ Jennings says: “With the calibre of the actors that are in the production, it will again put the region on the world stage,” he says.