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Shane Warne biopic: Liz Hurley relationship will be 'front and centre'


New details have emerged about Channel Nine’s upcoming Shane Warne miniseries.

The late cricketer’s high-profile romance with Elizabeth Hurley will be ‘front and centre’ in the unauthorised drama, reports Woman’s Day.

But the development may upset Shane’s ex-wife and the mother of his children, Simone Callahan, according to sources.

Key role: Shane Warne's high-profile romance with ex Liz Hurley (pictured together in 2013) will reportedly be 'front and centre' in the unauthorised TV series about the late cricketer's life

Key role: Shane Warne’s high-profile romance with ex Liz Hurley (pictured together in 2013) will reportedly be ‘front and centre’ in the unauthorised TV series about the late cricketer’s life

However, Shane’s romance with the Austin Powers star, 56, was simply too important to be glossed over.

‘The bottom line is you cannot do a Warnie TV miniseries without featuring his highly public romance with [Hurley],’ a source said.

The actor playing Warne hasn’t been cast yet, but rumour has it producers are considering Eddie Perfect, 44, who previously starred in Shane Warne: The Musical.

Other candidates include The Castle star Stephen Curry, 45, and his brother Bernard Curry, 48.

Larger than life: The development may upset Shane's ex-wife, Simone Callahan, but sources say his romance with the Austin Powers star, 56, is too important to be glossed over

Larger than life: The development may upset Shane’s ex-wife, Simone Callahan, but sources say his romance with the Austin Powers star, 56, is too important to be glossed over

The latest developments come after a Channel Nine executive spoke publicly about the highly anticipated project.  

The network’s Head of Drama, Andy Ryan, told TV Tonight the unauthorised drama would be more than a ‘box-ticking biographical’ series.

‘At the core, he was a genius cricketer, but we don’t want to tell just a story about a genius cricketer,’ said Mr Ryan.

Howzat?! Channel Nine recently disclosed more details about its forthcoming miniseries about Warne (pictured in December 2006)

Howzat?! Channel Nine recently disclosed more details about its forthcoming miniseries about Warne (pictured in December 2006)

Mr Ryan said the series would likely focus on a narrow period of the late Spin King’s eventful life.

‘I think it’s fair to say a cradle-to-the-grave biopic is not our style,’ he said. 

The miniseries will explore some of Warne’s more scandalous moments on and off the cricket pitch.

Behind the scenes: Nine's Head of Drama, Andy Ryan, told TV Tonight the unauthorised drama would be more than a 'box-ticking biographical' series. (Warne  is pictured here in 2005)

Behind the scenes: Nine’s Head of Drama, Andy Ryan, told TV Tonight the unauthorised drama would be more than a ‘box-ticking biographical’ series. (Warne  is pictured here in 2005)

Nine and Stan reportedly began pre-production on the biopic, which is scheduled to air next year, shortly after Warne’s death in Thailand on March 4 from a suspected heart attack.

Seven had its own plans to create a series about the sporting great in 2016, but the idea was scrapped after the leg-spinner distanced himself from the project.

That project’s synopsis read: ‘Shane Warne is a walking tabloid headline. Women, parties, women, high-life and women. 

Warts and all: The miniseries will explore some of Warne's more scandalous moments on and off the cricket pitch. (Pictured with Hurley in 2012)

Warts and all: The miniseries will explore some of Warne’s more scandalous moments on and off the cricket pitch. (Pictured with Hurley in 2012)

‘He loved being married but couldn’t help himself. And as he rolled from scandal to scandal he was also, through all this, the greatest cricketer of his generation.’

It’s understood that Nine had interest in the series once it was dumped by Seven.

Nine bosses haven’t confirmed whether it will be created by the same production company behind Seven’s aborted series, which was provisionally titled ‘Warnie’.

Abandoned: Seven had its own plans to create a series about the sporting great in 2016, but the idea was scrapped after the leg-spinner distanced himself from the project

Abandoned: Seven had its own plans to create a series about the sporting great in 2016, but the idea was scrapped after the leg-spinner distanced himself from the project 

Mr Ryan of Channel Nine said in March the biopic would be ‘larger than life’. 

‘Warnie’s life was so full of drama, like the man himself,’ he told The Sydney Morning Herald. ‘This miniseries will be larger than life – entertaining, confronting, thought-provoking.

‘He was a sporting legend, a national treasure, international kind of icon, but he was also a larrikin, a rogue and a charmer and a flawed man.

‘The national outpouring of grief over his passing had shown us – if we needed telling – just what a sort of impact he’s had on the national conversation.’ 

Warne was married to his childhood sweetheart Simone Callahan for 10 years, and they welcomed three children together, Jackson, Summer and Brooke.

The couple split after a decade, and in a documentary Warne recalled being caught cheating on Callahan, which led to their marriage breaking down in 2005.

He said: ‘Unfortunately there was a story that broke [in the tabloids] of me with two women… Simone read that story.’ 

Gone too soon: Warne died of a suspected heart attack in Thailand on March 4

Gone too soon: Warne died of a suspected heart attack in Thailand on March 4

He went on to have a high-profile relationship with Hurley in late 2010, before he proposed to the British bombshell in September 2011.

However, the couple split in 2013.

Warne later called his romance with Hurley the ‘happiest time of my life’.

Exes: Warne was married to Simone Callahan from 1995 to 2005. (Pictured here in April 2010)

Exes: Warne was married to Simone Callahan from 1995 to 2005. (Pictured here in April 2010)

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