Matrix villain Hugo Weaving plays a sinister new role in Aussie outback thriller with Ozark’s Julia Garner – and it’s already winning international praise
He was known as the relentless villain in the Hollywood blockbuster The Matrix.
And now fan favourite Hugo Weaving is set to play another sinister role in the new Australian feature film The Royal Hotel.
Starring Ozark actress Julia Garner and Game of Thrones star Jessica Henwick, the outback thriller centres on two American backpackers who get stuck in a mining town situated in the middle of nowhere.
In new trailer for the film, Weaving, 66, is barely recognisable from the suave movie roles that made him famous.
Sporting a grey beard and pot belly, he plays the publican of the seedy Hotel Royal, where Yanks, Hanna (Garner) and Liv (Henwick) land gigs as bartenders.
Ozark actress Julia Garner (L) and Game of Thrones star Jessica Henwick (R), in a scene from the new Australian outback thriller The Royal Hotel
The outback thriller centres on two American backpackers who get stuck in a mining town situated in the middle of nowhere
But instead of scoring quick cash and enjoying an exotic outback holiday, the twenty-something women must deal with harassment from rough locals.
Based on the preview, fans can look forward to an intense experience as the situation for the two tourists become increasingly desperate.
Meanwhile, it seems that Billy (Weaving) appears to be useless when it comes to keeping on top of his out of control clientele.
At one point in the trailer, Garner’s character becomes so desperate she is seen taking up an axe to fend off unwanted attention from the mostly male population of the wild outback town.
Also featured in the cast are James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom, 2010), and INXS: Never Tear Us Apart star Toby Wallace.
Inspired by the 2016 documentary Hotel Coolgardie, the film is directed by Australian filmmaker Kitty Green.
Hugo Weaving plays a sinister outback publican in the new film
Julia Garner rose to fame in theNetflix drama series Ozark Pictured: Garner on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2023
Premiering at the prestigious Venice Festival in Italy earlier this month, the Aussie film, which was made in South Australia, won praise from international critics.
The Hollywood Reporter said the cast and the film ‘doesn’t hit a false note’, in it’s tale of toxic masculinity.
Many reviewers compared The Royal Hotel favourably to another Australian film about a nightmarish outback experience, the 1971 classic Wake in Fright.
The Royal Hotel is set to play at the Adelaide Film Festival next month, with a general release to follow.
Many reviewers compared The Royal Hotel favourably to another Australian film about a nightmarish outback experience, the 1971 classic Wake in Fright (pictured)