Jennifer Cheon Garcia (Ivory) will be Leane Sharif in THE WHEEL OF TIME, a drama based on the series of novels by Robert Jordan (and continued by Brandon Sanderson after Jordan’s death). The novels are set in a future society resembling that of medieval Europe three thousand years after an age of technological advancement came to a cataclysmic end. The first season will contain elements from the first three novels (there are fourteen). Moiraine Damodred (Rosamund Pike) goes in search of the Dragon Reborn (the chosen one destined to save humanity).
In the books, Cheon’s character, like Damodred, is part of Aes Sedai, an all-female organization of magicians, and is bound by the Three Oaths (to never lie, to make no lethal weapon, and to only use the ‘One Power’ as a weapon under extraordinary circumstances). Sharif was born in Arad Doman, and, according to The Wheel of Time Wiki: “Domani women wear diaphanous, form-fitting clothing considered scandalous in most countries, and have raised the practice of seduction to an art…Most Domani merchants are women, and few men can best them in a bargaining session.” THE WHEEL OF TIME began filming in The Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Croatia last September, and is expected to be on Amazon Prime Video sometime in 2021.
Jesse Stanley (The Oracle) will be Amy Lauder, sister of Goldsmith’s best friend Harold (Owen Teague) in the latest adaptation of Stephen King’s 1978 novel THE STAND. The ten-episode series is set in the aftermath of a devastating plague and stars Whoopie Goldberg as Mother Abigail and James Marsden as Stu Redman. Director Josh Boone co-wrote the screenplay (with Benjamin Cavill) and Stephen King has written an entirely new ending for it. King tweeted on 1 August 2019: “The script for that final episode is written. I was glad Josh Boone gave me the chance, because that final story has been in my mind for 30 years.” And Anthony Breznican of the New York Times quoted King as saying: “I always wanted to find out what happened to Stu and Frannie when they went back.” THE STAND recently completed filming in Vancouver, and will premiere on CBS All Access later this year.
Stanley is also Tal, a rich, empowered, and loud young woman who befriends the title character in Harry Cepka‘s film RAF. Grace Glowicki (Ronnie in SUCK IT UP) plays the unassertive Raf, landscaper by day and high school janitor by night, who has friends who don’t respect her, and bosses who take advantage of her. When Tal comes into her life, all that begins to change. Tal begins to influence Raf’s decisions, while also giving Raf the confidence to make some life-changing decisions on her own. RAF premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival where it was nominated for Best Canadian Feature. No release date has been announced.
Alexander Brophy, who made his TV debut as Owen (Phil and Jennifer’s son) in three VAN HELSING episodes, has been nominated for a Nova Star Award in the category TV Series – Recurring Male 6-13. Others nominated in that category are Marco Vujicic (CONDOR), Alexander Stevenson (NEW EDEN), and Gage Graham-Arbuthnot (CONDOR Season 1). Winners will be announced at an Awards Gala on Saturday 2 May at the Versailles Convention Center in Mississauga, Ontario.
Maddie Phillips (Kit in “Loud Love“) and Anjelica Bette Fellini will co-star as fraternal twins Sterling and Blair Wesley in the comedy SLUTTY TEENAGE BOUNTY HUNTERS, in which the sixteen-year-old twins get caught up in the hazardous world of bounty hunting after helping Bowser Simmons (Kadeem Hardison) hunt down someone who skipped bail. Creator Katheen Jordan (daughter of Hamilton Jordan, Jimmy Carter’s Chief of Staff) told Joe Otterson of Variety: “We’re not here to judge, y’all. We’re here to embrace the nuance. This show is really about two young women trying to live their lives by their own rules, haters be damned. We can’t wait for the world to meet Sterling and Blair. And as for the title, ‘Sex Positive Teenage Bounty Hunters’ didn’t have the same ring.” Filmed in and around Atlanta, Georgia, the ten-episode series should be on Netflix later this year.