Aaron Ashmore (John Jaqobis) will be Duncan Locke, art teacher and uncle of Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode Locke, in LOCKE & KEY, an adaptation of the series of comics by Joe Hill. In the books, the story begins during the American Revolutionary War when a group of rebels discover a portal to a dimension populated by creatures that have the power to mesmerize anyone who sees them, and can possess people with a touch. When these beings enter this dimension, they turn into lumps of “whispering iron”. A young locksmith (appropriately named Benjamin Locke) forges these lumps into magical keys, one of which, the Omega Key, locks the entrance to the other dimension.
In the television adaptation, after the mysterious murder of their father, Tyler (Connor Jessup), Kinsey (Emilia Jones), and Bode (Jackson Robert Scott) return to their family’s ancestral home, which happens to be the house containing the aforementioned dimensional portal and keys. A trailer is available on YouTube. The ten-episode series will premiere on Netflix on Friday, 7 February.
Kelly McCormack (Zeph) will be Jess, a talented and outspoken pitcher who left Cuba to play professional baseball in America, in the hour-long pilot ordered by Amazon for A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN. The adaptation of Penny Marshall’s 1992 film is set during WWII, and will begin with the formation of the league in 1943. It will follow the Rockford Peaches from season to season as the players try to figure themselves out while at the same time trying to play winning baseball. Abbi Jakobsen (who will co-write the series with Will Graham) appears as Carson, a farm girl whose husband is away at war; D’Arcy Carden (Janet on THE GOOD PLACE) will be Greta, who was once in the Army; and Gbemisola Ikumelo has been cast as Clance, about whom we have been told nothing so far. Production should begin in the spring.
Luke MacFarlane (D’Avin Jaqobis) is Zach Williams in the Hallmark romance A VALENTINE’S MATCH. After being fired from her job as a reality TV host, Natalie (Bethany Joy Lenz) heads home for Valentine’s Day. Once there, she finds herself running the town festival’s auction with her former fiancé Zach, thanks to the manipulations of her mother (Mary-Margaret Humes). Natalie is faced with a conundrum. Should she remain faithful to her current fiancé, or is it time to turn to the past and get involved with her former lover who broke her heart (and their engagement) ten years previously? Directed by Leo Award-winner Christie Will Wolf (KILLER ENDING), and written by Cara J Russell and Brigit Stacey, A VALENTINE’S MATCH will air on The Hallmark Channel Saturday 1 February at 9/8c.
Tamsen McDonough (Lucy) will be Mrs. Zellman in A BABYSITTER’S GUIDE TO MONSTER HUNTING, a film based on the first installment of the series of books by Joe Ballarini. The film will follow first-time babysitter Kelly Ferguson (Tamara Smart), who, after her charge is kidnapped, discovers a secret society of fierce babysitters armed with weapons designed to fight off a ton of monsters and protect children. There’s also an ancient handbook to guide their efforts to defeat every kid’s worst nightmares for good. Directed by Rachel Talalay (who directed TANK GIRL), A BABYSITTER’S GUIDE TO MONSTER HUNTING completed filming in and near Vancouver last November. Netflix has not announced a release date.
Ewa Placzynska (Ruby in “A Skinner, Darkly”) is Malena in DER FALL DER GERTI B, Sascha Bigler‘s comedy about three former friends from Vienna, a cop (Susi Stach), the owner of a funeral home (Karl Fischer), and a watchmaker turned contract killer (Cornelius Obonya). The three accidentally meet again after forty years. Gerti Bruckner is the cop, and she encounters Franz the funeral director and Jonas the watchmaker in the course of investigations after a coffin bearer stumbles at a funeral and two bodies fall out, one of them a missing prostitute.
DER FALL DER GERTI B was filmed in Vienna last summer, and premiered on ORF (the Austrian Brodcasting Corporation) in November. It is currently available in Europe on the Filmmit streaming service, and on DVD from Amazon.de.