Melanie Scrofano will be Emilie Le Domas in READY OR NOT, which stars Samara Weaving as Grace, a young woman who, on her wedding night, joins in a time-honoured tradition of her husband’s rich, eccentric family, a game that unexpectedly turns into a desperate fight for survival. Andie MacDowell will be Becky Le Domas, Grace’s mother-in-law. Other Le Domas family members are played by Adam Brody, Henry Czerny, and Nicky Guadagni. ORPHAN BLACK’s Kristian Bruun and Elyse Levesque are also in the cast. Written by Ryan Murphy (co-creator of American Horror Story), READY OR NOT completed filming in Toronto last November. No release date has been announced.
Dani Kind (Mercedes Gardner) will be Beth in Danishka Esterhazy‘s horror/comedy THE BANANA SPLITS, a film about a boy named Harley (Finlay Wojtak-Hissong), whose parents, (Dani Kind and Steve Lund), arrange a birthday surprise for him. The family attends a taping of The Banana Splits TV show, which was an hour-long children’s variety program that ran on NBC on Saturday mornings from 1968-1970, and featured a fictional rock band made up of four animal characters: Fleegle (the beagle) on guitar, Bingo (the gorilla) on drums, Drooper (the lion) on bass, and Snorky (the elephant) on keyboard. (It is not known if any of the original Banana Splits band members will reprise their roles.) The show was revived briefly in 2008. In Esterhazy’s film, things take an unexpectedly murderous turn. Filmed in Cape Town, South Africa, THE BANANA SPLITS will first be released on Warner Brothers Home Entertainment, and after that will air on SyFy (US).
Greg Bryk (Jack of Knives in “Two-Faced Jack“) will be Chip Garnes in AD ASTRA, a film about Army Corps engineer Roy McBride (Brad Pitt), who travels to the outer edges of the solar system to try to find out what happened to his father (Tommy Lee Jones), who went missing while searching for alien life near Neptune. In an interview for the Toronto International Film Festival, director James Gray said of the film: “It’s very ‘Heart of Darkness’. It’s sorta like, if you got ‘Apocalypse Now’ and ‘2001’ in a giant mash-up and you put a little [Joseph] Conrad in there and you hope it’s as good, but it’s probably not. I’m being silly, but those were the influences.” Filmed in California last summer, AD ASTRA will be released in the US on 24 May. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Kiana Madeira (Poppy in “Whiskey Lullaby“) will co-star with Olivia Welch in a trilogy of films based on the Fear Street teen horror novels by R. L. Stine. They will play two gay teenagers trying to keep their relationship alive despite the crazy horrors of their hometown of Shadyside, Ohio. The first film, directed by Leigh Janiak, will apparently be something of a murder mystery. The second, directed by Alex Ross, involves a summer camp where conflict arises between campers from Shadyside and campers from the more prosperous town of Sunnyvale. The third movie will be set in 1666, in a colonial town in the throes of a witch-hunt that has deadly future consequences. All three films will be released in 2020, about a month apart.
Madeira’s sister Kyla will be Felcia Mazur in Season 4 of THE EXPANSE. Felcia is the daughter of Dr. Lucia Mazur who might be a renamed version of Dr. Lucia Merton. In the books, Dr. Merton was married to Basia Merton and they had three children (Felcia, Jacek, and Katoa). Basia appears in “Cascade” (Episode 2.10 of the TV show) as the father of Katoa, but his last name is never mentioned. (In both the books and the TV show, Katoa later died as a result of Dr. Strickland’s experiments, and was a friend of Prax’s daughter, Mei Ming.) Jamaal Grant appears in Episode 4.1 as the captain of the Barbapiccola, which, in the books, is the ship that Lucia Merton and her family took to Ilus.
Siobhan Williams (Steph in “Walking After Midnight“) stars as Marcy and Michael Eklund (Bobo Del Rey) co-stars as Owen in the psychological horror film BRIGHT HILL ROAD. On leave from work after a violent incident, Marcy, an alcoholic, decides to visit her sister in California. Halfway there, she stops at the Bright Hill Boarding House, where the deeply troubled young woman begins to lose touch with reality, and is forced to face the misdeeds of her sordid past. Agam Darshi (who was Kate Freelander in 37 episodes of SANCTUARY), is also in the cast. Williams posted this on Instagram on 1 April: “I’ve been waiting for years to work with @michaelseklund. We’ve crossed paths on #VanHelsing, #wynonnaearp, and too many more shows to count. I love his work and turns out he couldn’t be a better human. Thanks for making me feel safe in my most challenging role yet.” Directed by Robert Cuffley from a screenplay by Susie Moloney, BRIGHT HILL ROAD is currently filming in Stavely, Alberta (115 kilometers south of Calgary).