Taika Waititi has joined the Canada-New Zealand production of sci-fi thriller Night Raiders as an executive producer.
The Thor 4 filmmaker joins a number of other New Zealanders involved in the project, including 800 Words star Alex Tarrant. The Breaker Upperers' Ainsley Gardiner and Georgina Conder and Chelsea Winstanley (Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen) are also on board as producers.
Directed by award-winning Canadian filmmaker Danis Goulet, Night Raiders is set in a dystopian future where the military has taken control of cities across North America in the aftermath of war, Hollywood Reporter details.
Children caught up in the chaos are deemed the property of the state but one desperate Cree woman determines she will rescue her daughter from the clutches of the government and joins a band of vigilantes in order to do so.
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Goulet tweeted she was "super thrilled" to have Waititi — whose current Nazi-satire film Jojo Rabbit is an awards season contender — on board.
Toi Whakaari graduate Tarrant, who played bad boy Ike in 800 Words, will star alongside Amanda Plummer, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Brooklyn Letexier-Hart and Shaun Sipos in Night Raiders.
The film is Goulet's first feature-length project. Her previous short films have screened at festivals including Sundance, the Toronto International Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival.
Night Raiders is currently shooting at locations in and around Toronto, Canada.