Hannah John-Kamen will play a stranger who exposes other people’s secrets (which sounds a lot like the title character) in THE STRANGER, an eight-part crime drama based on Harlan Coben’s 2015 novel of the same name. Each episode will be 60 minutes long. In the book, The Stranger is male, and appears seemingly out of nowhere at random locations, whispers a few words in someone’s ear, and then disappears. The Stranger reveals a devastating secret to Adam Price (Richard Armitage) about his wife, destroying the illusion of his perfect marriage, and at the same time revealing a dangerous conspiracy. Production on the eight-episode series will begin this month and THE STRANGER should be on Netflix later this year.
Ewa Placzynska (Ruby in “A Scanner, Darkly“) will play a nurse in M – A CITY HUNTS A MURDERER, a modern adaptation of Fritz Lang’s 1931 classic that stars Moritz Bleibtreu, Udo Kier, and Sophie Rois. Director David Schalko told Christopher Vorlias of Variety how the six episode miniseries differs from Lang’s film: “We took the main elements of the story and the structure. We also quote concrete lines of the original and put them into a different context. We tribute key visuals of Lang’s masterpiece, such as the balloon or the shadows. It is also a tribute to German expressionism. We tried to make a lot of scenes look like they were shot in the studio, but actually it is a complete rewrite, so I wouldn‘t call it a remake. It is much more a homage…A creepy, bizarre dream of a movie that already exists.” M – A CITY HUNTS A MURDERER had its world premiere at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival.
Placzynska will also be Maria in the fifteenth episode of UNTER ANDEREN UMSTÄNDEN (Under Other Circumstances) which stars Natalia Wörner as Police Commissioner Jana Winter. In the episode, titled “Im finsteren Tal”, Winter takes over direction of the commissariat in Schleswig, displacing Arnie Brauner (Martin Brambach), who then takes a trip to Bad Gastein, where he is shot while hiking. “Im finsteren Tal” will air on ZDFneo 18 March at 20:15.
Atticus Mitchell (Pippin Foster in “Greening Pains“) will be Cracker in RIOT GIRLS, a film set four years after a mysterious plague has killed all adults. The remaining residents of the town of Potter’s Bluff have divided into two factions. The Eastside consists of scavengers living in the ruins. The Westside is headquartered in the former High School and is controlled by a strongman named Jeremy (Munro Chambers). Eastsider Jack (Alexandre Bourgeois) has been captured after killing two Westsiders and is awaiting public execution. Jack’s sister Nat (Madison Iseman) and her friend Scratch (Paloma Kwiatkowski) set out to rescue him. Jordana Blake (the young Aneela in “The Wolf You Feed”) is also in the cast. Written by Katherine Collins and directed by Jovanka Vuckovic, RIOT GIRLS will be released on VOD and in select US theatres this July.
Mercedes Morris (Bea in “Johnny Dangerously“) is Yvette in NOWHERE, a mystery starring Kate Drummond as Claire Porter, a woman who moves to a small town to get a fresh start on life for herself and her daughter Sarah (Nell Verlaque). But Sarah suddenly goes missing after basketball tryouts, and it seems that some members of Claire’s new community, including basketball coach Ruth Simmons (Rya Kihlstedt) and possibly the local police, are actively hiding the truth about Sarah’s disappearance. NOWHERE will have its Canadian premiere at the 2019 Canadian Film Fest in Toronto Friday 22 March at 9:30pm.
Tony Nappo (Joseph Siano in “The Warrior Princess Bride“) will be Enzo in Sean Cisterna‘s drama FROM THE VINE CAME THE GRAPE, based on the 2010 novel Finding Marco by Kenneth Canio Cancellara. In the throes of a personal crisis of ethics, Mark Gentile (Joe Pantoliano) resigns as CEO of a major North American auto maker and returns to the small village in southern Italy where he was born. Once there he finds new purpose by attempting to revive his grandfather’s old vineyard, but disgruntled relatives Laura and Marina Gentile (Wendy Crewson and Paula Brancati) track him down and try to stop him. FROM THE VINE CAME THE GRAPE completed filming in Toronto last November. No release date has been announced.