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Game of Thrones” and “The Hunger Games” actress Natalie Dormer is to star as English headmistress Hester Appleyard in Foxtel’s six-part drama “Picnic at Hanging Rock.”

The FremantleMedia Australia production, described as a “re-imagining” of Joan Lindsay’s novel, centers on the mysterious disappearance of three schoolgirls and a teacher on Valentine’s Day in 1900.

The teachers of Appleyard College for Young Ladies will be played by French actress Lola Bessis (“Cassandra,” “Swim Little Fish Swim”), recently included in Interview magazine’s list of “Hollywood’s most wanted” acting talent; Yael Stone (“Orange Is the New Black,” “Deep Water”); Anna McGahan (“The Doctor Blake Mysteries,” “Anzac Girls”); and Sibylla Budd (“Tomorrow When the War Began,” “Winners & Losers”).

Shooting starts in Victoria, Australia, later this month. Screen Australia and Film Victoria have contributed production investment.

Foxtel head of drama Penny Win said: “The accomplished cast … will give new forms to Joan Lindsay’s iconic characters as the »


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