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 →
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.
(also Greg Bryk, and Allie MacDonald)
Allie MacDonald will be Edie Soames, a young woman whose suffering seeks an outlet in brutal violence, in the last five episodes of CARDINAL, a six-episode miniseries based on Giles Blunt‘s award-winning mystery novel Forty Words for Sorrow. John Doyle, writing about CARDINAL for The Globe and Mail, called MacDonald’s performance “fiercely good”, and went on to say that CARDINAL :…is about duality. The two cops, Cardinal (Billy Campbell) and Delorme (Karine Vanasse), opposites yet united. One’s an Anglo, the other is Québécois. There is Cardinal’s personal life and his public life. There is a series of contrasts between couples who are bound together for different reasons.” Directed by Daniel Grou (who also directed the award-winning series 19-2), and filmed in North Bay, Ontario, CARDINAL premiered on CTV in Canada on 25 January. It will be released in Sweden on 15 February.
MENORCA, starring Tammy Gillis as the restless soccer mom Claire, will be screened at Cinequest at the Century 20 Theatre in Redwood City, California. Showtimes are: 1 March at 9:25pm, 2 March at 4:45pm, 4 March at 10:35pm, and 10 March at 4pm.
UNLEASHING MR. DARCY, a modern version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with Cindy Busby as Elizabeth, and Gillis as Jenna Scott (Elizabeth’s older sister) will be released on DVD on 2 May (pre-order not yet available). The film will next air on The Hallmark Channel on 9 February at 8pm.
Greg Bryk (WYNONNA EARP’s Jack the Ripper) stars as Jack Davis, an architect’s husband, in HIGH RISE RESCUE, the story of Beth Davis (played by Catherine Bell), a successful architect who receives news while on a business trip that her family is trapped on the 55th floor of a towering inferno that she designed. Beth returns to Chicago and sneaks into the burning building in an effort to get them out. Filmed in Hamilton, Ontario, HIGH RISE RESCUE should be released later this year. — Bryk is also Cobbs Pond in FRONTIER, an intense depiction of the North American fur trade in the early nineteenth century. The six episode first season of that aired last year on DISCOVERY CANADA, and can currently be streamed on Netflix in the US. (The cast of FRONTIER also includes Raoul Max Trujillo, who played LOST GIRL’s season two uber-villain The Garuda, and Shawn Doyle, who was Isaac Taft, LOST GIRL’s big bad in season three.)