Vanessa Matsui (Cassie the Oracle) will be Ms. Kate Wilder in GRAND ARMY, a TV series that follows sixteen year old Joey Del Marco (Odessa Adlon), and her attempts to cope after being sexually assaulted by three life-long friends during a Friday night out. The screenplay is by Katie Cappiello (based on “Slut: The Play“, which she wrote in 2013) and the first episode is titled “Brooklyn 2020”. Sydney Meyer, who was Helen Blackthorne in four episodes of SHADOWHUNTERS, is also in the cast. Directed by So Yong Kim, Tina Mabry, and Darnell Martin (2 episodes each), GRAND ARMY is currently in production at Netflix Studios in Mississauga, Ontario, and should be released early next year.
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).
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.”
Grady (Greg Bryk) and Mary (Caroline Dhavernas) in MARY KILLS PEOPLE
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 LifetimeSunday nights at 10/9c. In Canada, all six episodes are available on the Global TV website.
Natalie Brown (seen here with Mia Maestro) is Kelly Goodweather in THE STRAIN. (Kelly died in the Season Three finale.) The fourth and final season of THE STRAIN will air on FX sometime this summer.
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.