Today, Stan releases their next Australian Original in C*A*U*G*H*T.
C*A*U*G*H*T sees imprisoned soldier Rowdy (Ben O’Toole) offered a deal by Colonel Bishop, Minister of Defence (Erik Thomson), for a secret mission to the war-torn Indo-Pacific island nation of ‘Behati-Prinsloo’ to delete sensitive files from the phone of a princess.
Rowdy takes the offer and assembles his team which includes comms expert Phil Choi (Alexander England), deep cover specialist Dyaln Fox (Kick Gurry), and muscle and charm provider Albhanis Mouawad (Lincoln Younes).
But the mission hits a hiccup when the quartet captured by a troupe of freedom fighters who mistake them for Americans. Holding them hostage is Shammi (Mel Jarnson) and Mamolo (Dorian Nkono), along with their fearless leader Director Bustard (Fayssai Bazzi).
To escape their predicament, Rowdy comes up with a plan to create a hostage video in order to share the trio’s causes.
Sounds bonkers right? It totally is, but this is the genius of C*A*U*G*H*T from the mind of Kick Gurry. On top of the already great cast, some serious star power has also been assembled in the form of Karl Stefanovic, Ally Langdon, Brooke Boney, and Sarah Abo, as well as Sean Penn playing himself, Byron Brown as a swimming-obsessed Prime Minister, and Susan Sarandon as a US Secretary of State.
The absurdity gives O’Toole in particular some meaty material to play with as we learn why Rowdy became involved in the mission in the first place.
Spanning six 30-minute episodes, three of which were offered for review, this satirical comedy is one of weird concepts that just seems to work as we embark on this whacky adventure.
C*A*U*G*H*T is now streaming on Stan.