WAAPA-trained actor Luke Arnold has landed one of the most coveted roles on Australian TV.

Arnold will play Michael Hutchence in the much-anticipated INXS miniseries, Never Tear Us Apart, set to start production in Melbourne next week and screen on Seven later this year.

Since being accepted into the WA Academy of Performing Arts at 19, Adelaide-born Arnold has also appeared on TV shows Winners and Losers, McLeod's Daughters, Rush, Rescue: Special Ops, City Homicide and Steven Spielberg's The Pacific.

He was most recently cast as a young Long John Silver in Michael Bay’s blockbuster pirate drama series and sequel to the book Treasure Island, Black Sails, which was filmed in Cape Town.

Not only does Arnold have a similar appearance to Hutchence, he is also lead singer of the band Motaboat.

The two-part series has the full co-operation of the surviving band members and manager CM Murphy, who will be portrayed by Damon Herriman (The Sullivans, Love My Way)

"I've been spending a lot of time with the cast and I'm amazed," INXS band member Tim Farriss said.

"At times I actually thought Michael was there. It has been all forms of emotions for me – I'm very excited."

Farriss will be played by newcomer Nicholas Masters, while Perth actor and WAAPA graduate Alex Williams (Underground: The Julian Assange Story) is taking on the role of Kirk Pengilly. Ido Drent (Offspring, Shortland Street) is Jon Farriss, Andy Ryan (Underbelly: Squizzy Taylor, Reef Doctors) is Andrew Farriss, and multiple Logie winner Hugh Sheridan (Packed to the Rafters) is Garry Gary Beers.

The West Australian

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