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WA-raised Hollywood actor Sam Worthington.
LOS ANGELES TIMES / LIZ O. BAYLEN WA-raised Hollywood actor Sam Worthington.

Hollywood star Sam Worthington is coming home to WA to make his first Australian post-Avatar feature, a surfing drama set in Margaret River.

In a major coup, the producers of Drift have secured the services of Worthington fresh from an amazing box office run which included Terminator: Salvation, Clash of the Titans and smash hit Avatar.

With an $11 million budget, Drift is expected to begin shooting next autumn to take advantage of the big waves, moodier skies and, if the schedule allows, the Margaret River Pro surfing event.

Worthington is a lifelong surfer and is excited about returning to WA.

"I'm a WA boy at heart and to go back there and put something back into my home town is something I am really looking forward to," he said.

"There's something pure and true about surfing, and there is something pure and true about this script."

Drift tells the inspired-by-facts story of how surfing evolved from a pastime to a global industry, spawning household names such as Billabong and Rip Curl. Worthington will play a photographer and journalist instrumental in that revolution.

Drift has come together because of the desire of a group of film industry ex-pats anxious to come home and take advantage of the breathtaking locations and untold stories.

It will be produced by former Cowaramup resident Tim Duffy and former McLeod's Daughters star Myles Pollard and directed by Sydney-based Morgan O'Neill and sports specialist Ben Nott.