Sam Worthington plays surfer role in "Drift"

March 16, 2011 | Surfing
Sam Worthington: the next Patrick Swayze

"Drift" is considered to be the biggest surfing drama since "Point Break". The new surf movie will feature Sam Worthington and tells the story of the Fisher brothers who look for a new life in an Australian coastal town, while trying to escape their dark past.

Localism, giant waves and tough bikers are going to be part of this 1972 film story. "'Drift' combines serious Australian talent both in front of and behind the camera with (directors) Morgan O'Neill and Ben Nott, together with Sam Worthington who has been in some of the highest grossing international films of the last few years," Screen Australia's acting chief executive Fiona Cameron said in a statement.

"The unique combination of surfing and performance expertise gives Drift the potential to be the first character-driven action movie set in the surfing world since Kathryn Bigelow's Point Break."

Sam Worthington is returning to his hometown of Perth, where "Drift" will be filmed. The British-born Australian actor has played the lead role of Jake Sully, in the James Cameron film "Avatar".

"Drift" will by produced by Michele Bennett, Tim Duffy, Myles Pollard and Joan Peters. The writer is Morgan O’Neill. Morgan O’Neill and Ben Nott will co-direct.

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