The red kelpie who won our hearts in 2011 is back again for another adventure in RED DOG: True Blue.

Kriv Stenders’ 2011 film Red Dog – based on the 2002 short novel by Louis de Bernieres – became one of the highest-grossing Australian films of all time, raking in $21 million at the box office. It’s also the country’s highest-selling movie on DVD.

The new film, a prequel to Red Dog, traces the origins of the kelpie who became a urban legend in Western Australia’s Pilbara region in the 1970s.

RED DOG: True Blue was produced by Nelson Woss and directed by Kriv Stenders. Roadshow Films is handling ANZ and international sales.

Red Dog will be played by another kelpie in the new film after the death of Koko in 2012 from heart disease. A new pup called Phoenix will play the title role.

The film also stars Bryan Brown (Australia, Breaker Morant), John Jarratt (Wolf Creek, Django Unchained), Jason Isaacs (The Patriot, The Harry Potter Series) and introduces Levi Miller who recently starred alongside Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara in Pan.

RED DOG: True Blue hits Australian cinemas on Boxing Day.

Find out more about Nelson Woss, the producer of Red Dog and RED DOG: True Blue

Find out more about Nelson Woss, the producer of Red Dog and RED DOG: True Blue

Here’s your first look at RED DOG: True Blue!

Here’s your first look at RED DOG: True Blue! Check out the brand new teaser trailer.

Red Dog 2's Levi Zane Miller portrait by David Darcy wins National Portrait Gallery prize.

Red Dog 2’s Levi Zane Miller portrait by David Darcy wins National Portrait Gallery prize.

Explore the Pilbara region featured in RED DOG: True Blue.

Explore the Pilbara region featured in RED DOG: True Blue.