Aleks Paunovic (Julius) will be Detective Osgard in HARD POWDER, an English-language adaptation of the 2014 Norwegian black comedy “In Order of Disappearance” (aka Kraftidioten). In the US version, Nels (Liam Neeson), a Colorado snowplow operator, takes the law into his own hands after his son is murdered by a drug cartel. Nels sets out to find those responsible and inadvertently ignites a gang war. Directed by Hans Petter Moland, and filmed in British Columbia and Alberta, HARD POWDER will be released in Australia and New Zealand on 14 February. Kraftidioten can be streamed on Netflix.
Paunovic is also Bojan Boscovic, “a large, fearsome looking man with frostbite scars and stumped ears”, in the TV version of the 2013 movie SNOWPIERCER, which was set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment has killed everyone on the planet except for a fortunate few who managed to board a train that continually circles the globe, powered by a perpetual motion engine. In the TV series, Bojan is a Breachworker, performing one of the most dangerous jobs on the train. He’s used to the cold and hazards of the job, and comfortable enough to joke about the risk. The show will star Jennifer Connolly and Daveed Diggs. Graeme Manson (co-creator of ORPHAN BLACK) has replaced Josh Friedmann as showrunner. The pilot will be reshot (the new version just had its first readthrough), and will now be directed by James Hawes. The ten-episode series will air on TNT sometime next year. Outside the US, SNOWPIERCER will be available on Netflix.
Alison Wandzura (Nicole) is Courtney Belize in TRULY, MADLY, SWEETLY the story of a food truck owner (Natalie, played by Nikki DeLoach) who specializes in cupcakes, and divorced dad and finance manager Eric (Dylan Neal). The two are brought together when Eric’s aunt, a longtime customer of Natalie’s, dies and leaves them a building that was once the site of a famous bakery. They can’t sell the building because it has been declared an historical site, so they decide to open another bakery there. TRULY, MADLY, SWEETLY will premiere on the Hallmark Channel Saturday 22 September at 9/8c.
Wandzura will also be Sheriff Miller in CRITTERS: A NEW BINGE, a series of eight ten-minute episodes ordered by Verizon last January. (There have been four CRITTERS movies, the most recent of which was released in 1992. In the films, escaped alien convicts called Crites are pursued by bounty hunters.) Director Jordin Rubin told Bloody Disgusting: “I wouldn’t say it’s an origin story because the Critters already exist in the world. They’re returning to Earth because they left one of their offspring behind that they’re trying to find…There was an impregnation that happened. There was a seed that was left behind and now that maybe has come to fruition.” Filming of CRITTERS: A NEW BINGE began in Langley, B.C. in June. No release date has yet been announced.
Naika Toussaint (Sheema) is Tess in PICTURE A MURDER, the fourteenth film in Hallmark’s GARAGE SALE MYSTERY series, starring Lori Laughlin, Sarah Strange, and Steve Bacic. In this one, amateur detective Jennifer Shannon (Laughlin) and her business partner take a vintage camera collection on consignment following the death of a local collector. Jenn becomes involved in the search for a killer when an undeveloped photo in one of the cameras leads her to believe that the man might have died from unnatural causes. (Among the suspects are Walter Meadows (Donny Lucas) and his daughter Tess.) PICTURE A MURDER will air on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries on Friday 31 August at 7/6c.