Josh Lawson will play Paul Hogan in a mini-series for Channel 7.
Josh Lawson will play Paul Hogan in a mini-series for Channel 7. Paul A Broben

Josh Lawson to play Paul Hogan in Seven mini-series

CHANNEL 7 has unveiled Josh Lawson as the leading man for its Paul Hogan biopic.

The Brisbane-born actor, who stars in the US drama House of Lies, has returned from Los Angeles to play the Crocodile Dundee star.

Seven describes the mini-series as the story of a rare comedic talent who, while working as a labourer on the Harbour Bridge, broke into Australian television and eventually the world stage.

"Paul Hogan has always been one of my heroes, so this role is as exciting as it is challenging," Lawson said in a statement.

"He's such an iconic figure. Everyone loves Hoges and one of his great gifts was making audiences feel like we really knew him. But there's so much of his life that many people don't know about and I'm thrilled that I get to be a part of telling his incredible story. And to be able to make this back in my hometown of Brisbane just makes it all the more special for me."

Joining Lawson are Justine Clarke as Noelene Hogan and Ryan Corr as John Cornell aka 'Strop' -  Hoges' wingman and best friend.

The biopic will also star Laura Gordon (Winners & Losers, Mrs Fisher's Murder Mysteries) as Linda Kozlowski, Nikki Osborn (Granny Smith, The Mystery of Natalie Wood) as Delvene Delaney, Sean Keenan (Lockie Leonard, Puberty Blues, Glitch) as young Paul and Marny Kennedy (Mortified, The Saddle Club) as young Noelene.

Production on the mini-series, supported by Screen Australia and Screen Queensland, is now underway in southeast Queensland.