FX has ordered a six-episode first season of Mr Inbetween, a half-hour drama series from Scott Ryan and Nash Edgerton, inspired by Ryan’s 2005 cult film The Magician, for premiere on FX and Foxtel in Australia this fall. FX and Foxtel have commissioned a writers room for a second season.

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Created by and starring Ryan and directed by Edgerton, Mr Inbetween centers on Ray Shoesmith (Ryan), a father, ex-husband, boyfriend and best friend: tough roles to juggle in the modern age. Even harder when you’re a criminal for hire.

In addition to Ryan, Damon Herriman (Justified), Justin Rosniak, Brooke Satchwell, Jackson Tozer, Nicholas Cassim, Chika Yasumura and Matt Nable also star.

The first season of the FX original series was shot in Australia and produced by Blue-Tongue Films and Jungle Entertainment, in association with FX Productions, Screen Australia and Create NSW. Michele Bennett is Producer and Ryan, Edgerton and Jason Burrows are Executive Producers.

Mr Inbetween, first commissioned by FX Australia, was inspired by Ryan’s 2005 cult film The Magician. It world premiered in the inaugural Indie Episodic, Shorts and Special Event programming section at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

“Mr Inbetween is an extraordinary achievement for Scott Ryan, who took it from an indie film with a cult following to a half-hour drama that he stars in,” said Eric Schrier, President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. “Scott is one of those rare creators who can bring his own character to life on screen, and he is perfectly paired with Nash Edgerton, who brilliantly directed all six episodes. This project is a great inaugural step with Foxtel as the home of FX Original Series in Australia.”

“I couldn’t be happier to be sharing Scott Ryan’s character Ray with as many people as possible, and Scott and I couldn’t be more excited to have Mr Inbetween on FX and Foxtel,” said Edgerton.

Ryan wrote, directed and starred in the The Magician, a mockumentary that introduced audiences to the very funny and very dark world of hitman Ray Shoesmith. Originally shot over ten days at a cost of AUD $3,000, after a screening of a thirty minute cut down version at the 2004 St Kilda Film Festival, Ryan met filmmaker Nash Edgerton who took on the project on as editor and producer. Receiving further funding, the film was then released by Hopscotch Films in 2005 and went on to be nominated for a Film Critics Circle of Australia Award and an Inside Film (IF) Award in 2005. He is currently developing a project that delves into the John F. Kennedy assassination.

Multi-hyphenate Edgerton has more than 200 film and television credits both in front of and behind the camera, including The Matrix Trilogy, Star Wars II and Star Wars III, The Thin Red Line, The Great Gatsby, The Gift and Zero Dark Thirty.

The Square, Edgerton’s first feature film as director, received 7 Australian Film Institute award nominations, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, and was one of 12 international films selected for Official Competition for the inaugural Sydney Film Prize at the 2008 Sydney Film Festival. The Square was released in Australia and internationally to wide critical acclaim.

Prior to directing Mr Inbetween, Edgerton directed Gringo for Amazon Studios, starring Charlize Theron, David Oyelowo, Joel Edgerton, Amanda Seyfried, Thandie Newton and Sharlto Copley. He also served as executive producer on Boy Erased, directed by his brother Joel Edgerton with Nicole Kidman, Lucas Hedges, Joel Edgerton and Russell Crowe starring. Boy Erased will be released by Focus Features in late 2018.