After starring in James Cameron's 3D blockbuster Avatar, alongside Terminator Salvation and Clash of the Titans, Sam Worthington entered the usual over-the-top Hollywood fervor. If there was a big-screen action project that didn't need a little Lautner pubescence, the Aussie actor's (English-born) name was thrown into the mix. He took many of the gigs on, and while he's already got The Debt, Last Night, and The Fields on the way -- plus seven more In-Development titles -- Worthington is ready to add another.

But this time it won't be a big Hollywood production. The actor is heading home for a new surfing drama called Drift.

The West Australian reports that the modest Drift, which will have an $11 million budget, is an "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."

If you're familiar with Worthington's life outside of Hollywood, it might sound surprising that he'll play a reporter, since the actor is an avid surfer. However, whether he ends up on the board in some way or not, Worthington says: "There's something pure and true about surfing, and there is something pure and true about this script." The plan is to shoot next autumn, which means next Spring up here in North America, "to take advantage of the big waves, moodier skies and, if the schedule allows, the Margaret River Pro surfing event."

Worthington's involvement will definitely add more buzz to the feature, which will most likely find itself competing with some big-scale Hollywood fare -- namely, a Blue Crush sequel, a biopic about Jay Moriarty, and another about Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz. But though it's part of the in-coming wave of surfers, I'm hoping a passion project on his home turf will give him something more to work with and a reprieve from the "boring." If there's anything that should fight against complaints that he's -- in the words of commenter Rich -- "as charismatic as a wet noodle on screen," this should be it.

[via Playlist]