Usually, it’s the seasoned actor who teaches the newcomers — but that wasn’t the case with the cast of ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople.’ Watch our interview with the cast and directors at Sundance here!
The new comic adventure film may bring out much more than just the laughs. Julian Dennison takes on the role of a young city kid who ends up on the run in New Zealand, with his uncooperative foster uncle — played by Sam Neill. This leads to a manhunt, and the two have no option but to work together to save each other.
New Zealand director Taika Waititi (who has also worked on What We Do in the Shadows) sat down at Sundance on Jan. 24 to explain just how the movie came about. “It’s about these two renegades; they’re underdogs,” he said referencing to Sam and Julian. “It’s a story about national manhunt that insures where the government is trying to put Ricky Baker, [Julian’s] character, back into his foster car. This is about two people looking for connection, family, and freedom.”
Sam Neill, who is an actor we all fell for in Jurassic Park, revealed that he actually learned some important things from Julian, who plays his foster nephew in the movie. “From Julian, I learned decency, humanity and some constitution law, and I’m very grateful for that.”
Of course, the interview then turned into a rap — yes, really — when Julian took over saying that his character was a lot like him since he likes hip hop and is “a really cool guy.” With that, he even drops a little rap! The movie is based on the book Wild Pork and Watercress, written by New Zealand author Barry Crump. Will you see it?