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Australian Network Pulls Out Of Top Of The Lake After Elisabeth Moss Is Cast

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Australian ABC had reportedly committed around $600,000 to BBC's six-part series, Top of the Lake.

But when Elizabeth Moss was cast as the lead role in the about series — about Australian detective investigating the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant daughter of a local drug lord — they pulled their cash out!

Why? Do they hate Mad Men? Are they mad at Moss for divorcing SNL star Fred Armisen?

A spokesman for the national network explained their reasoning:

"We went into this with the understanding the lead actor would be an Australian. But when that could not happen, we removed ourselves from the deal.

We love Elisabeth Moss, but she's not an Australian. We have a fine calibre of Australian actors available and we would have preferred to see one of them in the role."

You hear that Elizabeth? It's not you, it's your your accent.

There's no need for the producers to recast. The six part series will get the missing funding from UKTV; it's also backed by money from Screen Australia, and is being co-produced by the US Sundance Channel.

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8 comments to “Australian Network Pulls Out Of Top Of The Lake After Elisabeth Moss Is Cast”



  1. 1

    I understand exactly how the Australians feel,
    why would you cast an American to play an Australian?
    Just think back to how Merril Streep butchered that film where she says

    THE DINGO ATE MY BABY



  2. 2

    Rightly so,there is great Australian talent that can take on this part.



  3. 3

    I'll tell you why she was dropped, she's not Australian and she is a scientologist. I wouldn't want any of my money going into scientology's hands either.



  4. 4

    Whatever Elisabeth Moss is starting in that movie to make up for us having to deal with fucking Nicole Kidman and her horrible acting.



  5. 5

    They're defending their industry. They should be admired, not criticized.



  6. 6

    That's why I will not watch The Walking Dead with the British guy in the lead. Hire American. A disgrace.



  7. 7

    @Boston61 Andrew Lincoln can pull it off, you honestly couldn't tell the difference unless someone told you. Do you feel the same way about Hugh Laurie playing house or Ed Westwick playing Chuck Bass in Gossip Girl? I swear the Brits are way better at pulling off American accents than Americans are at pulling of British accents.

    @FryCat I believe this has nothing to do with the fact that she's a scientologist, random much?

    Also, it makes sense for the ABC to promote Australian actors; Elizabeth Moss is a successful actress with plenty of work, the job should be given to someone else who could do with the work.



  8. 8

    She's involved with the crime syndicate Scientology why would anyone want to be involved with her?