After a nine-year hiatus, Paul Hogan is coming back to the big screen.
The role shouldn’t be too much of a stretch – Hogan, 78, is to play himself in The Very Excellent Mr Dundee.
According to an early synopsis from distributor Transmission Films, the movie will follow a semi-fictional Hogan as he’s about to “receive a knighthood” for his services to comedy.
“Don’t do anything to mess this up,” his manager warns.
Hilarity and hijinks will apparently ensue, as over the next six weeks Mr Dundee sees his name and reputation destroyed.
The movie will be helmed by NSW director Dean Murphy, who directed Hogan in his last two movies, 2004’s Strange Bedfellows and 2009’s Charlie & Boots.
No further details have been released about the movie’s writers, but Hogan hinted the supporting cast could be star-studded.
“Watch this space,” he said in a statement.
“I’ve been honoured to have many of my friends and colleagues, whose work I adore, agree to join us for this hilarious new adventure”.
Production on The Very Excellent Mr Dundee starts next month in Australia, Los Angeles and Vancouver.
Hogan debuted the role of outback adventurer Mick Dundee in 1986’s international mega hit Crocodile Dundee.
Two years ago he received the Longford Lyell Award for an outstanding contribution to the Australian screen. Hogan joked he’d only ever been a “one-hit wonder”.
Earlier this year he confused fans of the Crocodile Dundee series by appearing in what appeared to be a teased reboot of the franchise.
— Dundee Tourism Ad (@DundeeMovie) January 22, 2018
Starring US comedian Danny McBride and Thor star Chris Hemsworth, The Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home ‘trailer’ generated speculation a new movie was happening.
But the clip turned out to be an elaborate spoof. It was an advertisement for Tourism Australia.
Still, the interest generated by the fake trailer got McBride thinking, he said.
“People wanted to see that movie, so I don’t know, maybe it will happen,” he told film site Flickering Myth.
“Me and Chris really had a good time making that, so I think we’d be open to doing something together.”