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Deadwood star Ian McShane to play Sydney crime boss in new mini-series based on John Ibrahim memoir

Deadwood star Ian McShane to play Sydney crime boss in new mini-series based on John Ibrahim memoir 2

Deadwood star Ian McShane set to play Sydney crime boss in new mini-series based on John Ibrahim’s memoir Last King of the Cross

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English actor Ian McShane, famed for his portrait as the foul-mouthed villain in HBO’s Deadwood, has joined the cast of Australian mini-series The Last King of the Cross.

McShane, 79, will play Ezra Shipman, a fictional crime boss in the show, which is based on the memoir of colourful Sydney identity John Ibrahim.

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Heartthrob Lincoln Younes will play Ibrahim in the ten-part series produced by Paramount+   

Ideal villain: Great English actor Ian McShane (picturedon UK talk show in 2019) famed for his portrait as the foul-mouthed villain in HBO's Deadwood has joined the cast of Australian mini-series The Last King of the Cross

Ideal villain: Great English actor Ian McShane (picturedon UK talk show in 2019) famed for his portrait as the foul-mouthed villain in HBO’s Deadwood has joined the cast of Australian mini-series The Last King of the Cross

The plot involves McShane’s feared and powerful underworld figure taking a young, brash, and intelligent Ibrahim under his wing as a way to continue his rule over the city’s sleaze capital. 

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McShane, who began his career in the UK as a pretty-boy rival to stars like Michael Caine matured into a craggy faced tough-guy, making him ideal casting as a crook.

Amongst his most famous movie roles are Sexy Beast and the John Wick action franchise. 

McShane, 79, seen here in Deadwood, will play Ezra Shipman, a fictional Kings Cross crime boss in the new show, which is based on the memoir of colourful Sydney identity John Ibrahim

McShane, 79, seen here in Deadwood, will play Ezra Shipman, a fictional Kings Cross crime boss in the new show, which is based on the memoir of colourful Sydney identity John Ibrahim

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After an exhaustive search spanning almost two years, it’s understood Younes – who is half Australian and half Lebanese – beat out a number of other actors vying to play Ibrahim.

Sources close to the production say that Ibrahim – who was ‘very particular’ about who will play him – was impressed with Younes’ acting ability and his similarly dark complexion and light eyes.

Ibrahim was born in Tripoli, Lebanon and emigrated to Australia in the early 70s before making his way in Sydney’s nightlife scene – a rise which will form the backdrop of the upcoming series.

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Aussie actor Lincoln Younes is set to play John Ibrahim - after an exhaustive search spanning almost two years, it's understood Younes - who is half Australian and half Lebanese - beat out a number of other actors  He is pictured above portraying a surfer in the ABC drama Barons

Aussie actor Lincoln Younes is set to play John Ibrahim – after an exhaustive search spanning almost two years, it’s understood Younes – who is half Australian and half Lebanese – beat out a number of other actors  He is pictured above portraying a surfer in the ABC drama Barons

Younes, meanwhile, was born and raised in Australia by his single mother but his biological father hails from Lebanon.

While still just 30 years old, Younes is something of a small screen veteran in Australia and has appeared in string of popular shows including Home and Away, Tangle, Doctor Doctor and Love Child.

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He recently filmed a supporting role in the Channel Nine series After The Verdict (which is yet to air) and a smaller role in the ABC surf drama Barons. 

Multi-award winning writer-director Kieran Darcy-Smith will direct the crime-drama. 

The real John Ibrahim pictured recently (with partner Sarah Budge and friend Mim Salvado at Kyle Sandilands' baby shower

The real John Ibrahim pictured recently (with partner Sarah Budge and friend Mim Salvado at Kyle Sandilands’ baby shower

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