Acclaimed British actor Ewan McGregor will head to Perth early next year to star in the WA crime thriller Son of a Gun.
In a big coup for the local film industry, the Trainspotting star will play the lead role in WA expat Julius Avery's first full-length feature film about a seasoned armed robber who takes a small-time thief under his wing.
Pemberton-born Avery, a graduate of the Claremont School of Art, said he was "thrilled and excited" to be returning to his home State to shoot his first film, which received funding through ScreenWest.
Landing McGregor in the lead role was the icing on the cake.
"Ewan is one of the finest actors of his generation and I am excited to be working with him," Avery said.
"I can't wait to introduce him to WA and the people. He loves Australia but he's never been to Perth."
McGregor is expected to arrive in WA during summer with filming to take place in Perth, Kalgoorlie and parts of the North West and South West, as well as Darwin.
Avery said he was looking forward to showing the Hollywood star around WA and hoped to take the motorbike-loving actor out on the open road and to a local AFL derby.
"I'm a mad West Coast supporter but I'll have to let Ewan decide which team to go for," he said. "Maybe we should sew a Freo and West Coast jumper together."