Laura Vandervoort (Elena Michaels) is Mila Dubov (sister of Danika Dubov, played by Kimberly Sue Murray) in V-WARS, a ten-episode series loosely based on the comics written by Jonathan Mayberry. Vandervoort has played a vampire in the past (in The Dresden Files) but the V-Wars Wiki indicates that Mila and Daniika are human. In V-Wars, the melting of very old arctic ice releases an ancient virus that spreads rapidly across the globe. The virus activates long-dormant genes that turn people into vampires, and the world quickly becomes split into warring camps of vampires and humans. Ian Sommerhalder stars as Dr. Luther Swann, who is looking for a cure. V-WARS will be available on Netflix on 5 December. A trailer is available on YouTube. Continue reading →
Laura Vandervoort narrates the short film THE HUNDRED YEAR OLD WHALE, a documentary about Granny, a killer whale who was born in an era when her family members were being harpooned. She survived in the waters of the Salish Sea for more than a century, and during her lifetime, the world of whales changed completely. The fifteen minute film was written and directed by Mark Lieren-Young, and a trailer is available on Vimeo.. THE HUNDRED YEAR OLD WHALE can be pre-ordered, and will be available on demand on 21 July, from Vimeo.
Vandervoort will be Sarah in RABID, the Soska Sisters’ remake of the 1977 David Cronenberg film. Sarah is a seamstress for a well-known fashion designer, and wants nothing more than to be noticed for her own designs. After an upsetting experience at a party, she is severely scarred in a traffic accident. Sarah undergoes a radical and untested stem-cell treatment which seems to succeed, but sets off a spiraling contagion of which she is unaware, as her lovers become violent spreaders of death and disease. (In the original film, the main character was named Rose, and was played by Marilyn Chambers.) Twin sisters Jen and Sylvia Soska are best known for their 2012 horror classic AMERICAN MARY. Production on RABID began in June. Continue reading →
Laura Vandervoort will play an as yet unidentified character in SAW: LEGACY, the eighth film in the franchise. (The seventh SAW film was released in 2010.) A new series of murders will begin the story, with the evidence pointing to Jigsaw, or more likely to a copycat killer because Jigsaw has been dead for over a decade. (He died in Saw III, but he has been featured through flashbacks in the subsequent movies.) SAW: LEGACY will be released on 27 October in the US, and a week earlier (20 October) in Australia and the UK. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Vandervoort will also star in the short film UNSPEAKABLE, a drama/thriller that follows a young female impostor who averts authorities by claiming to be a missing girl who disappeared fifteen years previously. But when the missing girl’s family welcomes the impostor home, she’s forced to keep the deception alive or face the consequences. The short will be directed by Milena Govich (whose most recent TV role was as Lori Stevens on the MTV series FINDING CARTER).
Tommie-Amber Pirie will (according to her IMDB page) be Ollie in the first two episodes of the third season of KILLJOYS. No further details are yet available. KILLJOYS episode 3.1 will air on SyFy (US) and Space Channel in Canada on 30 June at 8/7c.
And Pirie will star as Lacie in Jeremy LaLonde‘s next feature film THE GO-GETTERS, the story of a deadbeat drunk (Owen, played by Aaron Abrams), and a junkie hooker (Lacie). The two of them hatch a plan to escape their miserable lives and head to a small town where they can steal Lacie’s grandmother’s house, split the proceeds, and never see each other again. But first they’ll need to team up long enough to scam, steal or scrounge the $98 for bus tickets to get there. “We will be shooting the film this spring and finishing it by the fall in anticipation of starting our festival season in winter of 2017,” said LaLonde. “If all goes to plan we will be releasing the film to the public by the spring of 2018.”
Greg Bryk is Grady, the drug dealer who supplies the chemicals Mary needs to help people die in the dark comedy/drama MARY KILLS PEOPLE, a six episode series about an ER doctor who helps terminally ill patients end their lives on their own terms. Caroline Dhavernas explained to TVLine why she wanted to play Mary: “I wanted to be part of it because it had a great strong female character who’s filled with contradictions and gray zones…they found the way to make it how it is in real life, like a funeral – how alive it makes you feel sometimes to go to a funeral and remember that life is short, that you’re healthy, that it’s good to be alive and to celebrate that.” MARY KILLS PEOPLE airs in the US on Lifetime Sunday nights at 10/9c. In Canada, all six episodes are available on the Global TV website.
Bryk tweeted on 20 April about a short film called WIL HAWKE:
Natalie Brown will be Jessica Power in CROWN AND ANCHOR, a crime drama which describes itself as “a raw look at the effects of childhood trauma through the eyes of estranged cousins.” The cousins are played by Michael Rowe and Matt Wells. (Wells was Brendan, Elena’s adoptive father, in BITTEN episode 3.2. Brown was Diane, the sister of Elena’s Season One boyfriend, in eleven BITTEN episodes.) CROWN AND ANCHOR has completed filming in St. Johns, Newfoundland, and should be released in Canada later this year.