Rachel Skarsten (Eliza in “Steel Bars and Stone Walls“) will be Charlotte Dumaine in the ABC drama pilot FOR LOVE, which will star Lex Scott Davis as Hope Castille, a journalist whose life is disrupted by a phone call from Charlie Lapree (Jon Ecker), her long-dead fiancé. (Five years previously, Lapree took a call while remodeling their apartment and shortly thereafter was found dead after a car accident.) Hope’s current boyfriend is Gabriel Dumaine (played by Ethan Peck – grandson of Gregory Peck). Gabriel wants to be mayor. His family is very powerful, and he is also very much in love with Hope and wants to marry her, even though doing that might put Hope in danger. (The Dumaine family is hiding some dangerous secrets.)
In her mother’s absence, Skarsten’s character Charlotte has been running the Dumaine empire, which maintains control over the magic users in New Orleans, and when Mother Dumaine returns, Charlotte’s position is threatened. It seems reasonable to speculate that Charlie Lapree might have been magically brought back to life to prevent Gabriel’s marriage. Filming of the pilot began in New Orleans on 10 March.
Skarsten will also be Poppy Langmore, sister of Jules Langmore, in the second season of IMPOSTERS. Unlike her sister, Poppy thrives on being one of the rich and privileged. The second season of IMPOSTERS will premiere on 5 April at 10/9c on BravoTV in the US. April Mullen (who directed “Whiskey Lullaby“) directs episodes 2.3 and 2.4. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Megan Follows will be a guest at Calgary Expo, 26-29 April, as will Rachel Skarsten. Follows will be Michelle (Wynonna’s mother) in Season Three. In the Season Two finale, Mama Earp (whose face was not visible) was played by Paula Kaye.
Greg Lawson (Sheriff Nedley) is Sergeant Gordon in the short film GOD’S ACRE, which stars Lorne Cardinal as Frank, an older Aboriginal man whose way of life is threatened by the effects of climate change. An outsider even before global warming and its catastrophic consequences, Frank is reluctant to change, but water is rising and swallowing the land his cabin stands on, and he must somehow adapt to the new conditions. GOD’S ACRE received the 2017 AMPIA (Rosie) Award for Best Short Film. Director Kelton Stepanowich told Will Brownridge of Toronto Film Scene: “My co-writer Derek Vermillion brought the concept to me. In parts of the Pacific Ocean and Indonesia land mases are disappearing due to flooding and rising water levels. So what if someone from our background had to deal with something like that. What if our Native grandfathers who lived off the land had to experience this. That’s where the concept began.” The entire film can be viewed on Vimeo.
Christian Goutsis (Levi in “Diggin’ Up Bones“) is Phil and Peter Skagen (Shorty) is Ian in CIRCLE OF STEEL, a darkly comedic satire about shifting power dynamics in the Alberta oil and gas industry, starring Chantelle Han as Wendy, a young engineer struggling to acclimate to life in the oil fields. (The film takes place during recent massive layoffs in the that sector of the economy.) Writer/director Gillian McKercher told Eric Volmers of The Calgary Herald: “I just feel it’s such a beautiful, emotional place to tell a story where you have these macro problems affecting micro stories…It’s a celebration of the working person and sympathizing with people who have a disruption for the first time in their life, whether that’s layoffs or an environmental or ethical dilemma.” McKercher spent more than three years working as a project engineer before she was laid off two years ago. CIRCLE OF STEEL finished filming in the Calgary area in November. There is no word yet on a release date.