Tori Anderson will be Ada in CBC’s new drama CAUGHT, based on Lisa Moore’s 2014 novel and set in 1978. David Slaney (Allan Hawco), jailed after a drug deal goes wrong, breaks out of a New Brunswick prison to attempt one more drug deal with his former partner. He is pursued by a determined police officer named Patterson. (The subject matter is topical. Slaney was busted trying to bring a million dollars worth of marijuana into Canada. Cannibis will be made legal in Canada sometime next year.)
In the following quote from the novel, Anderson’s character Ada is the girl being referenced: “Slaney didn’t want the girl on the boat. Jesus Christ. He didn’t want this beautiful stupid girl on the boat with him. He would take Carter aside and tell him to send her back on the plane. He didn’t care where Carter sent her. She was not getting on the boat. Nobody said the word anymore. Sexed or vexed or kitten. Vixen.” CAUGHT will premiere on CBC in winter 2018.
Nora McLellan, will be Gail, a divorced bee farmer, in the Mark Crawford play THE BIRDS AND THE BEES. Set in a rural community, the play focuses on a mother, her daughter, a neighbouring farmer and a young graduate student studying the effect of pesticides on bees. McLellan described her character to Melissa Schilz of Postmedia Network: “Gail thinks she’s very open to the world, when in fact she is very not,” she said. “Gail is very repressed, but would be shocked if you said that.” The play will run from 30 May to 17 June at The Victoria Playhouse in Petrolia, Ontario (about 30 kilometers southeast of Sarnia). Recently, McLellan received a Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Genevieve in the 2016 Company Theatre production of the Annie Baker play JOHN.
Next year, McLellan will be a guest at the Farpoint Convention, an annual gathering of science fiction, fantasy, and horror fans, which will run from 9 to 11 February 2018 in Hunt Valley, Maryland.
Morgan Kelly will be “pie guy” in the Guillermo del Toro film THE SHAPE OF WATER, which calls itself a fairy tale set against the backdrop of 1963 America. It’s about co-workers Elisa (Sally Hawkins) and Zelda (Octavia Spencer), who, while toiling in isolation in a secret government laboratory, discover a classified experiment, an “aquatic man”. Doug Jones (who plays the aquatic man) told Brian Gallagher of Movieweb: “It’s not a sci-fi; it’s not a genre film; but I am a creature in it. I’m a fish man that’s kind of a one-off. I’m an enigma, nobody knows where I came from; I’m the last of my species…And I’m being studied and tested in a U.S. government facility in 1963, so the Russian Cold War is on, the race for space is on, so there’s all that backdrop and that undercurrent.” THE SHAPE OF WATER will be released in the US and Canada on 8 December.
Kelly will also appear as Jim in Episode 3.5 of THE GOOD WITCH, titled “A Birthday Wish” (in which Grace is presented with the Merriwick wish book for her birthday and is encouraged to make an entry). The episode is due to air on The Hallmark Channel on 28 May at 9/8c.