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Dramatic scenes as filming gets underway for new series Last King of the Cross

Dramatic scenes as filming gets underway for new series Last King of the Cross with a character shot dead in a driveway of a suburban home

A quiet street in suburban Sydney became the stage for a brutal ‘killing’ as cast and crew filmed scenes for the TV drama Last King of the Cross on Thursday night. 

Actors and a large team of production personal for the 10-part series were spotted in the quiet street in Strathfield, 14kms from the city’s CBD. 

The highly anticipated show, based on the memoir of John Ibrahim, stars Lincoln Younes as the colourful night club owner, and English actor, Tim Roth.

Crime: A quiet street in suburban Sydney became the stage for a brutal ‘killing’ as cast and crew filmed scenes for the TV drama Last King of the Cross on Thursday (pictured)

Neither star was present in the scene being shot on Thursday night, which involved an unidentified character, dressed in a smart suit, being brutally gunned down in a drive way.

Camera crew and the actor rehearsed the act of bold brutality several times.

In the scene, the character emerges from a Mercedes Benz, after it has pulled up in front a large house.

Marked for death: An unidentified actor (pictured) rehearses a scene of bold brutality with the camera crew - here he listens as an assailant's car pulls into the driveway

Marked for death: An unidentified actor (pictured) rehearses a scene of bold brutality with the camera crew – here he listens as an assailant’s car pulls into the driveway

As the man begins to walk up a long drive way, another car suddenly pulls up. 

The man turns at the sound of screeching tires, and gun shots are heard, coming from the front window of the mystery car.

The character falls to the ground, dead. 

Cruel: The man turns at the sound of screeching tires, and gun shots are heard, coming from the front window of the mystery car - the actor 'shot' - falls to the ground as the camera crew captures the action

Cruel: The man turns at the sound of screeching tires, and gun shots are heard, coming from the front window of the mystery car – the actor ‘shot’ – falls to the ground as the camera crew captures the action

Expert timing: No firearms were seen to be used on set during this stage of filming, and for the gun shots, a crew member used a simulator

Expert timing: No firearms were seen to be used on set during this stage of filming, and for the gun shots, a crew member used a simulator

Cut: The actor completes the scene, watched on by crew members

Cut: The actor completes the scene, watched on by crew members

No firearms were seen to be used on set during this stage of filming, and for the gun shots, a crew member used a simulator.  

The series will tell the story of brothers John and Sam Ibrahim, who are prominent figures in the Kings Cross nightclub district.

Tim Roth, who scored an Oscar nomination for Rob Roy, in 1995, plays a fictional crime boss Ezra Shipman, on the show.

Touch up: The actor got a make-up check in, during a break in filming

Touch up: The actor got a make-up check in, during a break in filming

He replaced Deadwood star Ian McShane who was originally cast in the role, but had to leave the production, due to health reasons.

The cast also includes Callan Mulvey (Outlaw King), Damian Walshe-Howling (Under­belly), Tess Haubrich (Alien: Covenant) and Matt Nable (Arrow).

Award-winning writer-director Kieran Darcy-Smith will helm the crime-drama. 

He means business! A serious-looking Lincoln Younes (pictured) filmed a scene earlier this week for the upcoming television drama

He means business! A serious-looking Lincoln Younes (pictured) filmed a scene earlier this week for the upcoming television drama

It is understood that the show may explore key events in John Ibrahim’s life, including surviving a near fatal stabbing and other attempts on his life.

Sources close to the production say that John – who was ‘very particular’ about the actor playing him – was impressed with Lincoln Younes’ acting ability and his similarly dark complexion and light eyes.

The Lebanese-born entrepreneur migrated from Tripoli to Australia with his family as a young child before securing his first nightclub at age 19.

Memoir: The series will tell the story of brothers John and Sam Ibrahim, who are prominent figures in the Kings Cross nightclub district. Pictured: John Ibrahim in 2010

Memoir: The series will tell the story of brothers John and Sam Ibrahim, who are prominent figures in the Kings Cross nightclub district. Pictured: John Ibrahim in 2010

 

 

 

 

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