Billy MacLellan (Temal Danker in “Wish I’d Spaced You When I Had The Chance“) is The Reverend in John Leonetti’s horror film THE SILENCE, based on the 2015 novel by Tim Lebbon about a plague of mutant bats. (After being attacked by a parasitic organism, the bats morph into a new lethal species called Vesps, which rapidly increase in number and attack the human population.) The story follows Ally (Kiernan Shipka), a deaf teenager, whose heightened senses enable her to know when the Vesps are nearby. She and her family retreat to the woods where they must live in total silence, because even the slightest noise attracts the creatures. Filmed in Toronto, THE SILENCE will premiere in Germany on 6 September.
MacLellan will also be Arielle’s father John in ICE BLUE, a film about the unexpected return of Arielle’s mother, Maria (played by Michelle Morgan). Maria had vanished some ten years previously, and her return causes Arielle (Sophia Lauchlin Hirt) to question everything that her father has ever told her about their family. Director Sandi Somers told Jessica Melnychuk of Local Drop Magazine: “One of the last times I saw my mother before she died, she asked me if I’d heard this message. She didn’t tell me what it was – she said ‘I’ll tell you about it the next time I see you’. And I still don’t know what it was. What was it she wanted to spend focused time with me to tell me about? It triggered the inspiration for some of the film’s themes.” ICE BLUE had its premiere last September at the Calgary International Film Festival.
Roger Cross (Six) will be Officer Winters in Episode 11.8 of THE X-FILES, titled Familiar, in which Mulder and Scully investigate a brutal animal attack on a little boy in Connecticut. This will be the fifth X-FILES appearance for Cross, who has played a different character in each of the episodes he’s been in (three cops, an army private, and an FBI agent). Directed by Holly Dale, “Familiar” is scheduled to air on Fox on 7 March at 8/7c.
DARK MATTER Showrunner Joseph Mallozzi is spearheading a movement for another live action STARGATE series that would likely run on the Stargate Command streaming service. A major Tweet Storm is planned to support this idea. The Tweet Storm will take place on Friday 9 March in the US and Saturday 10 March internationally (6pm EST on both dates). For details on how to participate, follow this link. “MGM really does want to make a fourth series of Stargate,” Mallozzi told Den of Geek. “They would love fan input; they want to know what the fans want”
Kiana Madeira (Lyra in “It Doesn’t Have to be Like This“) will be Minnow’s roommate Angel in SACRED LIES, a half-hour drama based on the 2015 Stephanie Oakes novel “The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly” (which was, in turn, based on a Grimm fairy tale). Minnow (Elena Kampouris), a teen without hands, is in juvenile detention after escaping a cult, because the cops suspect that she knows who killed the cult leader. Her roommate, Angel, is a convicted murderer who claims she acted in self-defence. (Angel is also a science nerd and her hero is Carl Sagan.) The ten episode series will be the first drama series for Facebook Watch. Filming is expected to begin 15 March in Vancouver.