Lauren Holly (Sadie in “Midnight Lamp“) will be Monique, director of the Archer School of Ballet, in TINY PRETTY THINGS, an hour-long drama series based on the 2015 novel by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton. Monique is described as ambitious, ruthless, and powerful, using her “dark capacities” to defend the school by any means necessary (and to bring out the best in her students). Jess Salgueiro (Robin on THE BOYS) plays Isabel, a cop searching for the truth about what happened during a mysterious accident at the Academy. In the book, Bette, June, and Gigi are the three top students at the school. In the series, sisters Bette and Delia Whitlaw (Casimere Jollette and Tory Trowbridge) seem to be featured characters, along with their boyfriends Oren (Barton Cowperthwaite) and Ramon (Bayardo De Murguia). June is played by Daniela Norman, and the role of Gigi has not been cast. Production is underway in Toronto, and TINY PRETTY THINGS will be on Netflix sometime in 2020.
Lanette Ware (a nurse in “Family Portrait“) is Dr. Platt in WHITE LIE, (originally titled “Baldy”) which stars Kasey Rohl as a desperate university dance major who fakes a cancer diagnosis to crowdfund her education. All goes well until a scholarship fund tells her she has seven days to present medical records proving she has cancer. Vanessa Matsui (Cassie in “Dead Lucky“), Christine Horne (The Keeper in “Let the Dark Times Roll“), and Jamillah Ross (Gladys in “I Fought the Fae“) are also in the cast. WHITE LIE will have its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Zoie Palmer (Lauren Lewis) will be Anna Dawson in the made-for-TV thriller GLASS HOUSES. Teenage babysitter Carrie Dawson (Aviva Mongillo) blames neighbour Madeline Cooper (Bree Turner) for a humiliating family scandal, and is determined to exact revenge, possibly by exposing Madeline’s own scandalous secret. Written by Barbara Kymlicka and directed by Sarah Pellerin, GLASS HOUSES began filming in Montreal in July.
Gord Rand (Dr. Snook in “In Memoriam“) will be Aidan Ferguson in THE LEAD, another film written by Barbara Kymlicka, which stars Kim Shaw as Sasha Bruder, an ambitious TV reporter who suddenly becomes the story after she is kidnapped and then dramatically escapes her captors. Marc Bendavid (Jace Corso on DARK MATTER) is also in the cast. Directed by Phillipe Gagnon, THE LEAD has wrapped production in Montreal. No release date has been announced.