Actor and composer Tim Minchin is set to star as a gifted pianist on a road trip across the Australian desert in the new comedy-drama series, Upright, according to Deadline. The eight-part series follows two misfits thrown together on an adventure as they attempt to move an old upright piano through the outback.
Minchin will play Flynn, estranged from his family, and traveling across the country—with his precious piano—to say goodbye to his dying mother. The Groundhog Day and Matilda composer will also write original music for Upright, and is co-writing the show with Chris Taylor, who created the series with playwright-actor Kate Mulvany and writer-actor Leon Ford.
Milly Alcock will star in the series alongside Minchin, playing Meg, his travel partner and a no-nonsense teenager. The show will be released in 2019 in the U.K. via Sky and in Australia via Foxtel, and is produced by Lingo Pictures with funding from Screen Australia. Matthew Saville will direct.
Minchin, recently seen on the TV series Squinters, will soon be seen as Friar Tuck in the Robin Hood film remake.