Luke MacFarlane (D’Avin Jaqobis) stars as toy company CEO Edward Ferris in SENSE, SENSIBILITY & SNOWMEN, a film about Ella Dashwood (Erin Krakow) and her sister Marianne (Kimberley Sustad), two party planners who come into conflict with one of their clients (MacFarlane) because of his lack of holiday spirit. In Austen’s similarly named novel, Elinor is the sensible sister, Marianne is the extroverted and romantic one, and the somewhat repressed Elinor has a crush of sorts on Edward Ferrars. Lucy Steele, to whom Edward is secretly engaged in the book, is played by Anna Van Hooft. Written by Samantha Herman and Melissa de la Cruz, SENSE, SENSIBILITY & SNOWMEN will premiere on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Saturday 30 November at 9/8c, and in Canada on the W Network on 7 December.
Tommie-Amber Pirie (Ollie in “Boondoggie“) is Meredith in Jeremy LaLonde‘s sci-fi comedy JAMES VS HIS FUTURE SELF. James (Jonas Chernick) is a scientist obsessed with becoming the world’s first time traveler. He is visited by his future self and told that he will succeed in his time travel ambitions, but that success will come at a very high price and he should not do it. James is not dissuaded by this warning, but is persuaded to act (at long last) on his feelings for co-worker Courtney (Cleopatra Coleman) because she seems to prefer to be around his time traveling visitor. JAMES VS HIS FUTURE SELF will next screen at the Whistler Film Festival on 6 December at 8:45pm at Village 8 Cinemas (Theatre 7). YouTube has a trailer.
Pirie and Sarah Allen will co-star as a lesbian couple with relationship difficulties in Pat Mills‘ upcoming thriller THE RETREAT. They make use of a friend’s pre-wedding retreat deep in the woods and end up fighting for their lives when they are attacked by a “group of militant serial killers”. Alyson Richards wrote the screenplay. Aaron Ashmore has recently joined the cast, but there is no word yet about what character Ashmore might be playing, or when and where filming will begin.
Oluniké Adeliyi (Artura Senbek in “Heart-Shaped Box“) is Piper in CHAOS WALKING, the story of Todd (Tom Holland) who lives on a distant planet which has been stricken with a virus called The Noise that makes everyone able to hear the thoughts of everyone else. Females do not survive the infection, so the planet’s remaining population is entirely male. Todd becomes aware that the town he lives in is somehow hiding something terrible from him, so he runs away taking only his dog with him. (He can hear the dog’s thoughts as well.) In his travels he discovers a girl named Viola (Daisy Ridley) who lives in a place without Noise.
CHAOS WALKING was originally filmed in 2017 but Lionsgate said the first cut was so bad it could not be released. To fix it they hired Patrick Ness (the guy who wrote the series of books on which the film is based) to do a rewrite. The cast was busy doing other stuff, so the many necessary re-shoots couldn’t begin until last April. No specific release date has been announced, but the film’s IMDB page optimistically says “Coming Soon – releases on January 1, 2020.”