It’s been announced that Aussie actor Josh Lawson will don the stubbies and flannie in a new mini-series about tradie-turned Hollywood star Paul Hogan, while former Winners & Losers actress Laura Gordon will play the role of US actress Linda Kozlowski.
Joining Gordon and Lawson is Justine Clarke as Noelene Hogan, while former Packed To The Rafters actor Ryan Corr will play Hogan’s comedic wingman and best friend John Cornell, aka Strop.
Production on the upcoming Paul Hogan biographical project from FremantleMedia Australia (FMA) for the Seven Network is now underway in South East Queensland.
Lawson says he’s excited to play one of his “heroes” and is thrilled that he gets to tell Hogan’s incredible story.
“He’s such an iconic figure. Everyone loves Hoges and one of his great gifts was making audiences feel like we really knew him,” Lawson said.
Hogan was working as a labourer on Sydney’s Harbour Bridge when he broke into Australian television in the early 1970s, earning the nickname `Hoges’.
He became an international star through his role as Mick “Crocodile” Dundee in the 1986 film Crocodile Dundee, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay and a Golden Globe award for his performance as the lovable Aussie outback adventurer.
It was on the set of Crocodile Dundee that Hogan met Kozlowski, whom he married less than a year after his divorce from his first wife Noelene Hogan.
Clarke says there are many parts of Hogan’s life that will be revealed to audiences through this series.
“I’m pleased we’ll get to see his family life and how important that was to him and how much love and support was surrounding him. Often when we think of successful people it’s as a lone person but there are so many people who help lift them; that’s the story that I’m interested in,” Clarke said.