Foxtel today unveiled the trailer for the highly anticipated Wentworth season 8 and announced some casting news ahead of production resuming this week.
Leading Australian actress Marta Dusseldorp will join the stellar ensemble cast for Season 8 playing Sheila Bausch who comes to Wentworth on remand for the murder of nine people at True Path, a cult-like lifestyle retreat. Highly intelligent, charismatic and manipulative, Sheila worked as the personal secretary for True Path’s founder, Dr Mendel (Brian Vriends).
Marta Dusseldorp said: “I was just so honoured and excited to come on. I said yes straight away. Wentworth is always so beautifully told.”
Other guest cast to feature this season include Peter O’Brien (Tony Cockburn), Kevin Harrington (Protective Custody Officer Roberts) and Tom Wren (Dominic Slade).
Wentworth resumes production of season 8 part B this week which will air exclusively on Foxtel in 2021.
Jo Porter, Wentworth Executive Producer and Director of Scripted, Fremantle, said: “Together with the cast and crew we are all looking forward to resuming production this week on the final chapter of Wentworth. We have carefully adjusted our production processes to ensure the health and well-being of our team and at the same time ensured we are able to maintain the integrity of our storytelling.”
Season 8 cast includes: Leah Purcell (Rita Connors), Pamela Rabe (Joan ‘The Freak’ Ferguson), Kate Atkinson (Vera Bennett), Katrina Milosevic (Sue ‘Boomer’ Jenkins), Robbie Magasiva (Will Jackson), Kate Jenkinson (Allie Novak), Bernard Curry (Jake Stewart), Rarriwuy Hick (Ruby Mitchell) and Susie Porter (Marie Winter) along with new cast members Kate Box (Lou Kelly), Jane Hall (Ann Reynolds), Zoe Terakes (Rebel ‘Reb’ Keane), Vivienne Awosoga (Judy Bryant) and support cast Jacquie Brennan (Linda Miles) and David de Lautour (Dr. Greg Miller).
Wentworth is a Fremantle production for Foxtel with Fremantle Director of Scripted, Jo Porter and Foxtel’s Senior Drama Consultant, Penny Win as executive producers. Pino Amenta is series producer for season eight. The directors are Kevin Carlin, Beck Cole, Fiona Banks, Corrie Chen, Roger Hodgman and Mat King. The writers are John Ridley, Kim Wilson, Pete McTighe, Max Conroy and Marcia Gardner, who is both script producer and writer. Season 8 is supported by funding from Film Victoria.