Former Packed to the Rafters star Zoe Ventoura, and former City Homicide detective Daniel MacPherson, have joined the cast of the Seven Network's new period drama Wild Boys.
Described as an "Aussie Western" following the stories of a gang of bushrangers in the 1850s, Ventoura and MacPherson said that they found the script compelling enough to put off their plans for a Hollywood career.
"I went to LA late last year and took meetings and did some great auditions. The plan was to move, but then this came up, I read the script and just fell in love with it," Ventoura told The Sunday Telegraph.
The thirty-one-year-old's boyfriend Dr Chris Brown, host of factual series Bondi Vet, was pleased for his partner to remain in Sydney.
"He is happy, of course, so too my friends and family."
MacPherson, who left the crime drama City Homicide last year, and currently fronts the reality programme Dancing with the Stars, also put off his plans to move to America.
"It was a really big decision to put off Los Angeles again as I've spent the last two or three years working towards heading there," he says.
"But like Zoe, I read the first [Wild Boys] script and loved it. I certainly have no issue in my mind that I have made the right choice to stay."
The pair join Michael Dorman (Suburban Mayhem, The Secret Life of Us) and David Field (City Homicide) as stars officially linked to the Sydney-based series produced by Southern Star.
"This is the greatest bloke's job in Australia. It's a step forward into a leading-man role. And I get to hang out with mates around beautiful talented actresses, ride horses, shoot guns, chase bad guys and grow a beard. What more could I want?" MacPherson added.
Filming will reportedly begin next month, with the outback drama expected to air in the latter part of the year.
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