Aaron Ashmore as Duncan Locke in the upcoming Netflix series LOCKE & KEY
Aaron Ashmore (John Jaqobis) will be Duncan Locke, art teacher and uncle of Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode Locke, in LOCKE & KEY, an adaptation of the series of comics by Joe Hill. In the books, the story begins during the American Revolutionary War when a group of rebels discover a portal to a dimension populated by creatures that have the power to mesmerize anyone who sees them, and can possess people with a touch. When these beings enter this dimension, they turn into lumps of “whispering iron”. A young locksmith (appropriately named Benjamin Locke) forges these lumps into magical keys, one of which, the Omega Key, locks the entrance to the other dimension.
In 2011, a LOCKE & KEY pilot with Ksenia Solo as Dodge (the echo in the well) and Nick Stahl as Duncan, was made for Fox, but was not picked up. All that survives of it is a trailer.
Hannah John-Kamen will play a stranger who exposes other people’s secrets (which sounds a lot like the title character) in THE STRANGER, an eight-part crime drama based on Harlan Coben’s 2015 novel of the same name. Each episode will be 60 minutes long. In the book, The Stranger is male, and appears seemingly out of nowhere at random locations, whispers a few words in someone’s ear, and then disappears. The Stranger reveals a devastating secret to Adam Price (Richard Armitage) about his wife, destroying the illusion of his perfect marriage, and at the same time revealing a dangerous conspiracy. Production on the eight-episode series will begin this month and THE STRANGER should be on Netflix later this year.
Ewa Placzynska (Ruby in “A Scanner, Darkly“) will play a nurse in M – A CITY HUNTS A MURDERER, a modern adaptation of Fritz Lang’s 1931 classic that stars Moritz Bleibtreu, Udo Kier, and Sophie Rois. Director David Schalko told Christopher Vorlias of Variety how the six episode miniseries differs from Lang’s film: “We took the main elements of the story and the structure. We also quote concrete lines of the original and put them into a different context. We tribute key visuals of Lang’s masterpiece, such as the balloon or the shadows. It is also a tribute to German expressionism. We tried to make a lot of scenes look like they were shot in the studio, but actually it is a complete rewrite, so I wouldn‘t call it a remake. It is much more a homage…A creepy, bizarre dream of a movie that already exists.” M – A CITY HUNTS A MURDERER had its world premiere at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival. Continue reading →
Zeph (Kelly McCormack) refuses to follow D’Avin’s orders. “Fake fire doesn’t burn,” she says, ignoring the countdown to disaster. The room dissolves in flames, and she wakes up in Lucy’s cargo hold. Zephyr had figured out that the mission was a VR simulation. Spock did the same sort of thing at the Melkotian simulation of the OK Corral: “Physical reality,” Spock said, “is consistent with universal laws. Where the laws do not operate, there is no reality. All of this is unreal. I know the bullets are unreal, therefore they cannot harm me.” (Star Trek TOS, Episode 3.6)
Viktoria Modesta making her TV debut as Nico, who is pictured here about to impale Ruby, a client who has had an allergic reaction to re-skinning.
Indications are that Zeph will be around for a few more episodes. McCormack described the character to Dean Amond of Find Your Inner Geek: “Zeph is a dream role. She’s a weirdo tomboy farm girl turned science nerd who has zero filter or interpersonal skills, and is obsessed with the biological science and dresses like a female Link from Zelda!…The role was challenging because I was spitting so much science and every scene – and I mean this – every single scene, there was a new fancy space science contraption I had to look like a natural using. But being the awkward tomboy nerd comes naturally to me and it was a pleasure playing a character who has such an unwavering passion for science.”
Zeph reacts to Turin’s rejection. Dutch would later seek her out and hire her.
In John’s absence, Turin, Dutch, and D’Avin audition three RAC lab techs to provide Johnny-like insights into the tech of the Hullen. Zeph is one of those techs. Luc Trottier and Erik Knudsen play the other two. Turin hires the two guys (Trottier’s character is named Benji. Knudsen’s character is never referred to by name.) and sends Zeph home, but Dutch rectifies the error and hires Zeph herself. Johnny’s adventures on what Turin calls an “emo walkabout” are chronicled in parallel with the virtual adventures of the RAC techs.
Johnny’s walkabout happens in Rat City, where he finds out that it’s not the Hullen that’s skinning and re-skinning people, it’s a cosmetics company run by a hackmod named Niko (Victoria Modesta). She skins hackmod owners, then uses their epidermes to provide new identities for fugitive hackmods in the hope of resettling them on a planet at the far end of The J. The puzzling thing is that she keeps the skinless victims fresh by spraying them continuously with green goo. (Olli discovers this in the course of her investigations and brings Johnny back three severed hands from the unfortunate victims, which is how he discovers what is going on.) Had she simply disposed of the bodies, her activities might not have been discovered.
Keeping score – Olli brings John three skinned severed hands to analyze. That makes four severed hands depicted on KILLJOYS, one more than the three depicted on Michelle Lovretta‘s other series, LOST GIRL. .
Olli (Tommie-Amber Pirie), who is actually a re-skinned version of Clara, is uninjured. There were no hackmod casualties in the episode except for Ruby (Ewa Placzynska), who had an allergic reaction to the re-skinning and was summarily stabbed through the heart with Niko’s prosthesis. (We don’t know what happened to Niko in the end. Hackmod leader Havigan was non-committal on that point.)
Johnny returns home. Asked if she missed him, Lucy says: “if ships could cry, I would’ve rusted”, even though it is unlikely that any of Lucy’s components are susceptible to rust. John brings with him added information on the locations of Hullen in The J. From John’s holographic map, it appears that The J is a globular star cluster. (One might think from the name that it would be a J-shaped open cluster.)
Delle Seyah Kendry (Mayko Nguyen) is fully recovered from John’s attempt on her life, and pleased to meet Aneela
The scene that ends the episode is extraordinary. Delle Seyah Kendry wakes up in the sick bay (?) of Aneela’s ship. Apparently fully recovered from her gunshot wound, she is escorted to a place where Dutch’s double is preparing to bathe in a pool of green goo. Aneela bathing in green goo brought to mind Countess Bathory bathing in the blood of virgins. Delle Seyah doesn’t know where she is, but quickly figures it out. She knows Dutch would never wear that lipstick. “Welcome to my ship,” Aneela says to her. “Now come, tell me everything.”
Karen LeBlanc as Hallie DuVernay in Episode 1.4 of X COMPANY. The CBC series ended earlier this year after three seasons. It will premiere on Ovation TV in the US in the beginning of 2018.
Karen LeBlanc (Banyon Grey) will be Amy in the TV series INSOMNIA, in which strangers are forced to play a life-threatening game. Set against the backdrop of Moscow, twenty contestants must kill or be killed, with all contestants having been injected with a poison that will kill them if they fall asleep. The series is intended to be a multi-season program where in each season the game will be played in a different city with different characters. The entire first season was filmed in Moscow. (The scenes set in the US and Cambodia were shot on sets.) Few restrictions were placed on where the series could film, so there are scenes involving Red Square, the Kremlin, the Bolshoi Ballet, the Federal Assembly of Russian Federation, and the US Embassy. A trailer is available on YouTube. INSOMNIA’s eight episode first season will premiere on Starz later this year.
Johan Heldenberg and Hannah John-Kamen in THE TUNNEL: SABOTAGE
Hannah John-Kamen is the recurring character Rosa Persaud in the second season of THE TUNNEL: SABOTAGE. The UK series, based on the Swedish series THE BRIDGE (Bron|Broen), centers on detectives Karl Roebuck and Elise Wassermann, who are called upon to investigate the death of a French politician. When an unexpected discovery is made at the crime scene, the pair is forced into a partnership as they attempt to locate a politically-motivated serial killer who tries to draw them into his own personal agenda. The series is set mainly in Folkestone and Calais (the two ends of the Channel Tunnel). A trailer is available on YouTube. Season two is now airing on PBS in the US. Airtimes will vary depending on the local station.
Laara Sadiq (Mother Sal in Episode 1.4) is the voice of Fattema in the animated feature THE BREADWINNER. It tells the story of Parvana, a 12-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan. When her father is arrested, Parvana dresses as a boy in order to work and provide for her family. Together with her best friend Shauzia, she risks discovery to try to find out if her father is still alive. Director Nora Twomey, who is from Cork in Southern Ireland, has not been to Afghanistan, but has worked closely with Afghani consultants on the film. “That really helps us with the authenticity,” Twomey told Jessica Hill of The National. “The beauty of animation is that it’s part artistic expression, part reality, so we’re trying to merge the two. It’s not an absolutely photographic representation of Kabul, but more of an artistic representation. I’ve tried very much to create the look of Kabul – the colour of people’s clothing versus the brownness of the houses up against the hills. It’s a very specific-looking place. I think we’ve managed it.” THE BREADWINNER is based on the award winning children’s novel by Deborah Ellis, and should be released later this year. A trailer is available on YouTube