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Mark Coles Smith joins cast in Kalgoorlie-Boulder on ABC drama prequel.

Filming is underway in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia on ABC’s Mystery Road: Origin.

Over six episodes, the series delves into the early years of Detective Jay Swan, with proud Nyikina man Mark Coles Smith playing the role of Young Jay.

Joining Mark are Toby Leonard Moore (Billions, Mank), Daniel Henshall (Clickbait, Snowtown), Lisa Flanagan (Total Control), Clarence Ryan (Stateless, Wrong Kind of Black) Steve Bisley (Mad MaxWater Rats), Caroline Brazier (Rake), Hayley McElhinney (Doctor Doctor), Dubs Yunupingu (Ready For This), Kelton Pell (The Circuit, The Heights), Leonie Whyman (New Gold Mountain), Salme Geransar (Clickbait), Nina Young (Harry Potter, Clash of the Titans) and rising stars Jayden Popik and Tuuli Narkle (All My Friends Are Racist) as Jay’s first love Mary.

Indigenous filmmakers include Director Dylan River (Robbie Hood), DOP Tyson Perkins and Producer Penny Smallacombe who will work alongside producers David Jowsey and Greer Simpkin. The series is written by Blake Ayshford, Steven McGregor, Kodie Bedford and Timothy Lee.

It will premiere in 2022.