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Matt Okine and Miranda Tapsell set to star in Stan Original Film Christmas Ransom

Acclaimed Australian actors Miranda Tapsell, 34, and Matt Okine, 37, are set to star in the upcoming Stan Original Film Christmas Ransom

Acclaimed actors Matt Okine and Miranda Tapsell will star in Stan Original Film Christmas Ransom

Acclaimed Australian actors Miranda Tapsell, 34, and Matt Okine, 37, are set to star in Stan’s upcoming original film, Christmas Ransom.

Filming has already begun on the festive frolic in Homebush, Sydney.

The film also features Ed Oxenbould, Genevieve Lemon, Bridie McKim, and young stars Evan Stanhope, Tahlia Sturzaker, and Chai Hansen.

Acclaimed Australian actors Miranda Tapsell, 34, and Matt Okine, 37, are set to star in the upcoming Stan Original Film Christmas Ransom

Acclaimed Australian actors Miranda Tapsell, 34, and Matt Okine, 37, are set to star in the upcoming Stan Original Film Christmas Ransom

Christmas Ransom is written by Elliot Vella and Gretel Vella, whose credits include Stan’s 2020 comedy A Sunburnt Christmas, and is produced by Every Cloud Productions, the Australian producers of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.

The plot centers on the hijacking of a beloved Harrington and Sons toy store on Christmas Eve.

The embattled store owner (Okine) is held hostage by a clumsy pair of kids who miss the robbery and end up teaming up with the waiting security guard (Tapsell) to save Christmas.

Every Cloud Productions CEO and Executive Producer Drew Grove thinks Christmas Ransom is a natural sequel to A Sunburnt Christmas.

The latter contained themes unsuitable for young children, but Christmas Ransom was produced to ensure there are belly laughs for the whole family.

The embattled store owner (Okine) is held hostage by a clumsy pair of kids who miss the robbery and end up teaming up with the waiting security guard (Tapsell) to save Christmas

The embattled store owner (Okine) is held hostage by a clumsy pair of kids who miss the robbery and end up teaming up with the waiting security guard (Tapsell) to save Christmas

“Christmas Ransom will bring the same irreverent humor and warmth that everyone loved in A Sunburnt Christmas, with the added fun of some wild, high-stakes action hijinks,” Mr. Grove said.

“With lots of mischief and heart, it will give everyone the chance to laugh, cry and rejoice together for a film that is sure to become one of Australia’s classic Christmas tales.”

Matt Okine starred in two seasons of The Other Guy on Stan, which debuted in 2017

Matt Okine starred in two seasons of The Other Guy on Stan, which debuted in 2017

Cailah Scobie, Stan’s chief content officer, is confident the film will help the Australian streaming network build on its success with original party films.

“Our Stan Original Christmas films have quickly become a staple of our annual lineup, following the success of A Sunburnt Christmas and Christmas on the Farm,” Mr. Scobie said.

“We are thrilled to once again be working with the talented team at Every Cloud Productions, the brilliant writing team of Elliot Vella, Gretel Vella and Timothy Walker and such a fantastic cast to bring a fun and heartfelt story to our screens this season. festivals.”

In 2019 Okine released her novel Being Black ‘N Chicken, & Chips, who told the moving story of how he dealt with the loss of his mother Roslyn to breast cancer when he was just 12 years old.

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, the 34-year-old stand-up comedian from Brisbane said: ‘For something that has been a pretty tragic part of my life personally, I felt like there was enough time spent trying to look at the humorous side of this.

“There have been times when you end up crying thinking about these things – but that’s when you know there’s raw emotional pain that you need to dull to get to the right things.”

In 2019 Okine released his novel Being Black 'N Chicken, & Chips, which tells the moving story of how he dealt with the loss of his mother Roslyn to breast cancer while he was was only 12 years old.

In 2019 Okine released his novel Being Black ‘N Chicken, & Chips, which tells the moving story of how he dealt with the loss of his mother Roslyn to breast cancer while he was was only 12 years old.

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