Tim Rozon (Doc Holliday) will be Isaac in the upcoming SyFy series VAGRANT QUEEN, that will star Adriyan Rae as Elida, a child queen driven from her throne at the age of ten and forced to wander the galaxy, pursued by revolutionaries who want her dead. The series is based on the graphic novel by Magdalene Visaggio. In the book, Elida’s family held power because centuries ago they invented a brainwashing device that was used to convince the people that they were gods. Isaac is an old friend of Elida’s and he persuades her that she must return to the heart of her former kingdom and rescue her mother, who (Isaac tells her) is imprisoned in a monastery.
VAGRANT QUEEN will be written and directed entirely by women. The first two writers on board are Mika Collins and Mariko Tamaki. Showrunner Gem Garrard and Danishka Esterhazy are the first two named directors. Production will begin in July in Cape Town, South Africa, and the ten-episode series will premiere on SyFy sometime in 2020.
And Rozon will co-star as Travis in the Hallmark movie CHRISTMAS TOWN, (based on the 2016 novel by Donna VanLiere). An unhappy young woman (Lauren Gabriel, played by Candace Cameron Bure), goes for a drive after work several days before Christmas and soon finds herself in the small town of Grandon. (After a car accident near there, Travis gives Lauren a ride into town.) She soon becomes involved with the annual fundraiser for Glory’s Place, a center for single mothers and families who need help. CHRISTMAS TOWN, which will be the eighth Hallmark Channel Christmas movie for Candace Bure, recently completed filming in Vancouver. No air date has yet been announced.
Shamier Anderson (Xavier Dolls) will be the title character in the scifi thriller STOWAWAY. The crew of a ship on a mission to Mars finds a stowaway on board. It is too late to turn back, and the fellow has accidentally caused extensive damage to the ship’s life support systems. The captain (Toni Collette) and the ship’s biologist (Daniel Dae Kim) have a plan to resolve the problem (one would guess it might involve either tossing the stowaway out an airlock, or incorporating him into the food supply). The ship’s medical researcher (Anna Kendrick) dissents. Directed by Joe Penna, STOWAWAY will be filmed in Germany at Bavaria Studios near Munich and at MMC Studios in Cologne.
Greg Lawson (Sheriff Nedley) will be Danny in PENOZA, a film adaptation of the Dutch TV series that ran for five seasons and 48 episodes from 2010 through 2017. The series, also known as BLACK WIDOW, stars Monic Hendrickx as Carmen van Walraven-de Rue, a housewife forced to take charge of her family’s underworld activities after her husband is assassinated. (The US adaptation was called RED WIDOW, and ran for 8 episodes on ABC in 2013.) Ryan Northcott (Wyatt Earp in “The Blade“) is also in the cast. Directed by Diederik van Rooijen (who directed 28 episodes of the TV series), PENOZA will be released in The Netherlands sometime in November.
Kat Barrell, Melanie Scrofano, and Dominique Provost-Chalkley will be guests at LOVE FAN FEST 2019, a three-day Festival designed to promote better and wider LGTBI visibility in fiction, The festival will be held 28–30 June at the Hotel Hesperia Barcelona Tower in Barcelona, Spain.
Melanie Scrofano (Wynonna Earp) has an as yet unspecified role in the crime thriller THE SILENCING. A reformed hunter (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) who has been living in isolation in a wildlife sanctuary, teams up with the local sheriff (Annabelle Wallis) to track down a vicious killer who, years previously, may have kidnapped his daughter. Zahn McClarnon (Bodaway Macawi on RINGER) is also in the cast. Directed by Robin Pront, who directed THE ARDENNES (Belgium’s 2016 foreign language Oscar entry), THE SILENCING recently wrapped production in Sudbury, Ontario.
Scrofano is also Valentina in the second season of BAD BLOOD. Valentina was (briefly) unfaithful to her husband, mobster Nats Cosoleto (Dylan Taylor), and because of this is being blackmailed for information on her husband’s illegal business activities by Detective Bullock (Lisa Berry). Scrofano described her character to A.R. Wilson of TV Eh: “I think when Valentina and Nats got together, part of her wanted to be like Teresa [the ruthless and stylish mobster from Calabria played by Anna Hopkins (see previous post)] but without having to do all the work. She wanted to have the clothes and the lifestyle and all of that. And over the years, life was just sort of normal. I think for a minute, she was just – like a lot of people – you have a kid, and your marriage gets a bit stale, and I think she just wanted some excitement, so she had an affair. And that one mistake sort of turned her life around. I think by the time we’re in Episode 3, she’s realizing that maybe this isn’t the life that she wanted after all.” The second season of BAD BLOOD will be on Netflix on 31 May.