Rena Owen as Heveena, the only living adult female on the planet Moclus, in “About a Girl” (Episode 1.3 of THE ORVILLE)
Rena Owen (Helen Hawkins) will be Grace, the operator of a community drop-in centre, in THE GLOAMING, an eight-episode series about Police Detective Molly McGee (Emma Booth), who joins forces with a co-worker and former lover (with whom she has not spoken in twenty years) in an attempt to solve the murder of an unidentified woman. The investigation soon exposes a convoluted mix of political corruption and occult practices. In a press release, creator and showrunner Vicki Madden said: “To have the opportunity once again to create a series based in Tasmania is a great privilege. Its gothic landscape and haunted past have inspired me since I was a child.” THE GLOAMING is currently filming in and around Tasmania’s capital, Hobart. It will premiere on the Stan streaming service in Australia later this year.
Owen is also Michelle Pennyshaw in ESCAPE AND EVASION, a film about the struggles of Seth (Josh McConville), the lone survivor of a disastrous military mission in Myanmar. In an interview in My Devotional Thoughts, Owen talked about her character, Pennyshaw: “The role was originally written for a man,” she said. “I loved playing this role. Very different from Helen. Very military and poker-faced. I think it’s very interesting to play a character that is quite emotionally removed and emotionally detached. And I love being in uniform. I found the uniforms to be very sexy.” ESCAPE AND EVASION premiered earlier this month at the 2019 Gold Coast Film Festival. Continue reading →
Melanie Scrofano will be Emilie Le Domas in READY OR NOT, which stars Samara Weaving as Grace, a young woman who, on her wedding night, joins in a time-honoured tradition of her husband’s rich, eccentric family, a game that unexpectedly turns into a desperate fight for survival. Andie MacDowell will be Becky Le Domas, Grace’s mother-in-law. Other Le Domas family members are played by Adam Brody, Henry Czerny, and Nicky Guadagni. ORPHAN BLACK’s Kristian Bruun and Elyse Levesque are also in the cast. Written by Ryan Murphy (co-creator of American Horror Story), READY OR NOT completed filming in Toronto last November. No release date has been announced. 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 →