Racing into a new role! Matthew Le Nevez to play legendary motor car driver Peter Brock in forthcoming Network Ten biopic 

His Offspring character Dr Patrick Reid won the hearts of Australia, only to break them when he was tragically killed off. 

But Matthew Le Nevez, who currently stars in Love Child, will soon embark on a new role. 

The 36-year-old actor has been cast as the late racing champ, Peter Brock, in Network Ten's hotly anticipated telemovie production Brock.

Driving seat: Matthew Le Nevez, 36, has been cast as the late racing champ, Peter Brock, in Network Ten's hotly anticipated telemovie production Brock

Driving seat: Matthew Le Nevez, 36, has been cast as the late racing champ, Peter Brock, in Network Ten's hotly anticipated telemovie production Brock

The Aussie star revealed to news.com.au that he has been a long-time fan of the Australian motorsport legend, so was naturally excited to have been chosen to honour his legacy.

'I'm excited, I'm honoured - it's a big privilege - and it's also quite daunting,' he told the publication of his reaction to landing the gig.

'It's a big opportunity to get. And if it takes you slightly out of comfort zone you know you're doing something right.'

Australian icon: The 61-year-old Peter Brock was the Bathurst 1000's most successful driver and is known as the man who changed motor racing in Australia forever

Australian icon: The 61-year-old Peter Brock was the Bathurst 1000's most successful driver and is known as the man who changed motor racing in Australia forever

The 61-year-old Peter was the Bathurst 1000's most successful driver and is known as the man who changed motor racing in Australia forever.

He died instantly in 2006 after the car he was racing at Gidgegannup, Western Australia, skidded and hit a tree.

While Matthew has not yet spoken to the Brock family, he revealed that he is extremely conscious of the fact he'll portray a man they love and dearly miss, but is excited about sharing the sporting icon's story with future generations of Australians.

'Peter lived a very public life but he was always very respectful of his family … and I don't want to exploit them in any way.

'I'm just hoping to hopefully share his story and his legacy to future generations of Australians,' he added.

On screen favourite: Matthew has said he is excited about sharing the sporting icon's story with future generations of Australians

On screen favourite: Matthew has said he is excited about sharing the sporting icon's story with future generations of Australians

Fans of the popular actor were quick to share their excitement over their pleasure of the casting choice, as they flooded TV Week's facebook account with congratulatory comments.

'Just cast him in everything please!!!' wrote one user.

'Excellent casting, Peter has big shoes to fill and I think Matthew will do him proud. Look forward to seeing it, loved Peter Brock,' commented another.

Whilst one fan penned: 'Great choice. Looking forward to seeing it.'

Also joining Matthew for the highly anticipated production will be a number of familiar faces.

Matthew's Love Child co-star Ella Scott Lynch will play his on screen partner of 28-years and mother of his two children, Beverly Brock.

While X Factor New Zealand judge and former Neighbours star Natalie Bassingthwaighte will tackle the role of Peter's girlfriend before he died, Julie Bamford.

Also joining the cast is Brendan Cowell who will star as Brock's great friend and rival racer, Allan Moffat.

The X factor: Former Neighbours star Natalie Bassingthwaighte will tackle the role of Peter's girlfriend before he died, Julie Bamford

The X factor: Former Neighbours star Natalie Bassingthwaighte will tackle the role of Peter's girlfriend before he died, Julie Bamford

Matthew and his partner Michelle Monique welcomed a baby born named Levi into the world in last year, sharing a photo of his tiny fingers curled into fists on Instagram at the time.

Matthew became a fan favourite on the award-winning Australian soap Offspring after he was introduced as the new love interest of Nina Proudman - played by Asher Keddie.

He made headlines around the country when his character Patrick was killed off following a car accident, leaving the show's protagonist widowed and pregnant with his child.

Fans were devastated over the plot twist, but were pleased with his return in the fifth series largely in flashbacks and also several scenes imagined by Nina.

Packed schedule: Matthew is currently staring on Nine Network series Love Child alongside Jessica Marais

Packed schedule: Matthew is currently staring on Nine Network series Love Child alongside Jessica Marais

Matthew is currently staring on Nine Network series Love Child alongside Packed To The Rafter's star Jessica Marais.

Matt's activist character Jim Marsh was introduced in season two of the Australian drama after his one-time fling became a patient of Jessica's persona Joan, at the hospital.

Although the young woman, played by former Home And Away star Tessa James dies after giving birth, Jim is determined to keep the baby and become an active father.

Faced with the prospect of not being able to adopt unless he has a woman in his life, he marries Joan, whom he falls in love with and they become a family of three.

Fans will be eager to find out how their story ends in the third season however, after the final episodes saw Jim being arrested by police for alleged manslaughter.

It came just moments after he hinted he would like to try and have another baby with Joan.

Popular character: Matthew became a fan favourite on the award-winning Australian soap Offspring after he was introduced as the new love interest of Nina Proudman - played by Asher Keddie

Popular character: Matthew became a fan favourite on the award-winning Australian soap Offspring after he was introduced as the new love interest of Nina Proudman - played by Asher Keddie