All-star cast assemble for Pasifika Action Film


An all-star Pasifika and Māori cast whose international
credits stretch across Alien: Covenant, Marco Polo, Star
Wars, The Matrix Reloaded, Mortal Engines
Battleship have assembled in Tāmaki Makaurau for a
brand-new action film, the directorial debut of director
Kiel McNaughton – The Legend of Baron To’a.

Uli Latukefu (Alien: Covenant, Marco Polo),
Nathaniel Lees (The Matrix Reloaded), Jay Laga’aia
(Star Wars), John Tui (Battleship, Hobbs &
), Shortland Street alumni Shavaughn Ruakere
and Pua Magasiva, and Fasitua Amosa (Auckland Daze,
Fresh Eggs) will star in the film which tells the
story of a Tongan entrepreneur who returns to his old
neighbourhood and inadvertently causes the theft of his late
father’s valued pro wrestling title belt by some ruthless
gangsters. When negotiation and diplomacy fail to get it
back, he is forced to embrace his father’s legacy to
reclaim the title.

“The all-star brown cast we
have assembled for this film is amazing. I’ve always
wanted my first feature to be an action film and with a
great script from writer, John Argall, and some amazing
action sequences put together by our world-class local crew,
this film is going to be a lot of fun. I can’t wait to
bring it to life.
” said McNaughton.

Legend of Baron To’a
is produced by Kerry Warkia under
the Brown Sugar Apple Grunt banner, McNaughton and Warkia
are the pair responsible for the critically acclaimed films
Waru and Vai and TV series, Auckland Daze,
This is Piki
and Find Me A Maori Bride.

The production also brings together a world renowned
Kiwi stunt team lead by Augie Davis (Adrift, The Meg,
Pete’s Dragon
) and Andy Stehlin (X Men: Dark
Phoenix, Hacksaw Ridge

The film is funded by
the New Zealand Film Commission and will be distributed in
New Zealand and Australia by Madman Entertainment (Hunt
for the Wilderpeople, The Breaker Upperers
) and is
represented internationally by XYZ Films (The Dead Lands,
Arctic, Brawl in Cell Block 99

Filming starts today
and runs through to the end of

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