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 →
It all starts with Robin (Justin Kelly) finding a bleeding tree along with clothes partly buried in the snow nearby. He calls it a “murder tree” and doesn’t explain further. Robin doesn’t notice, but the tree seems to have someone trapped inside it. (Is he hiding in there, or is he imprisoned?) Robin is a jazz historian working as a forest ranger and later in the episode Waverly will fix him up with Jeremy (Varun Saranga). But before that, Waverly asks Nicole if she’s gotten rid of Bulshar’s ring yet. She says she hasn’t. Then, once Waverly is out of sight, Nicole tosses the ring into the woods, just to be done with it.
The Shelterlands music festival massacre, at which everyone but Nicole died, happened in 1996, and Nicole remembers being already down by the river when the attack happened, and escaping in a canoe. Since Nicole was six years old at the time, it seems likely that someone who knew the attack was about to happen made a point of rescuing her. It might have been Michelle, or Ward Earp, or Bobo Del Rey, or someone else entirely. The question is, why, out of the entire crowd, was Nicole singled out to be the only survivor?
This is the second mention of a canoe on the show this season. A couple of episodes ago, we learned that Wynonna lost her virginity in one. Continue reading →
Kate Drummond (Sajen in “The Dwarf Star Conspiracy“) stars as Claire Porter in the mystery/thriller NOWHERE. Claire’s teenage daughter Sarah vanishes after a basketball team hazing goes wrong. She is joined in her search for Sarah by the team’s coach (Rya Kihlstedt), whose desire to protect the team conflicts with her desire to help. First time director Thomas Michael co-wrote the script with Paolo Mancini. NOWHERE completed filming in and around North Bay, Ontario in June, and will be released in the US and Canada next year.
Drummond is also Fun Fanny in FRAT PACK, a comedy about Elliot (Richard Alan Reid), a shy British guy who just graduated university. He travels to the US for his mother’s wedding (she is marrying into a prominent American family), and is taken on an impromptu road trip by his future stepbrothers to a fraternity party. Along for the ride is their neighbor, Skylar (Rachel Risen), who catches Elliot’s eye. FRAT PACK is available on Amazon Video, and on iTunes. Daily Motion has a trailer. Continue reading →