Kristin Lehman (Marilyn McGrath-Dufresne) has an as yet unspecified role in MIDNIGHT MASS, a horror/mystery set in an isolated island community, after the arrival of a charismatic and mysterious young priest seems to precipitate strange and wonderful (?) events. Annabeth Gish (X-FILES) and Hamish Linklater (THE CRAZY ONES) are also in the cast. “Midnight Mass” is also the title of the first novel written by one of the characters (Maddie played by Kate Siegel) in series creator Mike Flanagan‘s 2016 film HUSH. The same book also makes an appearance in another Flanagan film, GERALD’S GAME. (On the book’s back cover, it is suggested that the island’s name might be Crocket, and that one of the characters is named Riley.) Flanagan will direct all seven episodes of MIDNIGHT MASS, which has yet to begin production. Continue reading →
Vincent D’Onofrio (Father Dan) will be Vincent Gigante, future boss of the Genovese crime family, in GODFATHER OF HARLEM. The miniseries tells the story of mobster Bumpy Johnson (played by Forest Whitaker) who returned to Harlem after ten years in prison and found his neighbourhood controlled by the Genovese family. Johnson waged a brutal battle to regain control, and in the process, formed an alliance with Malcolm X (Nigel Thatch). (The film is set after the Valachi hearings in the 1960s, when Vito Genovese was in prison.) Joanne Kelly (WAREHOUSE 13) appears in three episodes as Amy Vanderbilt. The ten episode series will be on EPIX sometime in the fall.
D’Onofrio is also Sheriff Romero in THE KID, the story of Rio (Jake Shur) and his older sister Sarah (Leila George) who inadvertently get tangled up in Pat Garrett’s pursuit of Billy the Kid. THE KID can be streamed on Amazon Prime Video, and on Google Play. Continue reading →
Avan Jogia (Roman Mercer) is Danny in THE ARTISTS’ WIFE, the story of Claire (Lena Olin), whose husband, an acclaimed abstract painter (played by Bruce Dern) is diagnosed with dementia and might not be able to finish the paintings for his final show. Claire keeps her husband’s illness a secret from the art community, and tries to help him reconnect with his estranged daughter (Juliet Rylance) and her son. (Jogia is the grandson’s nanny.) As her husband’s illness progresses, Claire, once a promising painter in her own right, must decide whether to remain in the shadows. The film is now in post-production, and should be ready for release this summer.
Jogia is also bad boy musician Berkeley in the horror comedy ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP, a sequel to ZOMBIELAND (2009). Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, and Emma Stone are back as Columbus, Tallahassee, and Wichita, respectively. Berkeley (reportedly) will be romantically involved with Abigail Breslin‘s character Little Rock. (Characters are mostly named after cities. Zoey Deutch will be Madison.) Bill Murray, who died in the original film will somehow return for the sequel, as the gang moves to the American heartland to battle “evolved zombies”. ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP will be released in the US on 11 October. Continue reading →