Not all of Hopkins’ characters this year were villains. She was reporter Monica Stuart in five episodes of THE EXPANSE (above). And she was one of the most memorable characters of KILLJOYS‘ fourth season, the Scarback-turned-dominatrix Fairuza.
“I’ve never really played a villain before, so I kind of got to channel everything I’ve ever wanted to do and haven’t been able to do. Yeah, I think when you’re playing something that’s so different from you, you have a lot more room to play. In fact, I find it’s kind of easier to do than just playing a regular gal.”
—- Anna Hopkins (to Hidden Remote — May 2018)
2018 was a big year for Anna Hopkins. She appeared in ten episodes of SHADOWHUNTERS as Lilith, Adam’s first wife. Lilith is complex and fascinating, and the best dressed demon on television. The role got Hopkins a Teen Choice Awards nomination in the category of Choice TV Villain.
In Season Two of the CITY-TV drama BAD BLOOD, Hopkins is Teresa Langana, an entirely different sort of villain whose father is head of the ‘Ndrangheta in Calabria. She is sent, along with her twin brother Christian, to Hamilton. Ontario to make the drug trade there more profitable. Teresa is an utterly ruthless corporate mobster whose only loyalties are to her brother and the bottom line. Hopkins described Teresa to A.R. Wilson of TV-eh as “…one of those characters who is really powerful but doesn’t really need to exert or show that power very often…but when things don’t go her way, I think the extremes she can go to are a little further than most of us.” The first season of BAD BLOOD is on Netflix worldwide. Season Two can be streamed on the CITY-TV website. Continue reading →
Allie MacDonald (Trina) has been cast as Kelly Bailey in MISFITS, a science fiction series inspired by the award winning British series that ran for five seasons in the UK on E4 (2009-2013). The show is about a group of young offenders sentenced to work in a community service programme, who gain supernatural powers after being struck by lightning. In the original series, Kelly is quick-tempered and violent, and the superpower she gains is telepathy. (In a sort of inverse wish fulfillment, the lightning strike gives each character the superpower they would least like to have.) All five seasons of the British series can be streamed on HULU.
Kristin Baldwin (Trenna Keating) is interviewed by Detectives Cardinal and Delorme in Episode 5 of CARDINAL
Others cast in the reboot so far are Ashleigh LaThrop, Tre Hall, and Jake Cannavale. Diane Ruggiero (creator of iZombie) wrote the two-part pilot, which will be directed by Victoria Mahoney. If the series is picked up, it will air on Freeform Network (formerly ABC Family) later this year.
Geza Kovacs in BORN DEAD, a film by Robert Gulassarian, due for release later this year, about a down and out Toronto actor bent on suicide. (A trailer is available on YouTube.)
Géza Kovács (The Messenger) will be Talbot in Michael Melski‘s supernatural thriller THE CHILD REMAINS in which an expectant couple’s intimate weekend turns to terror when they discover that the country inn where they’re staying is haunted because it was once a maternity home where unwanted infants and mothers had been murdered. The film was inspired by the true story of the ‘Butterbox Babies‘. Writer/director Melski told Sea and Be Scene: “I’m a huge fan of old-school horror movies like The Shining and Rosemary’s Baby, and this film is an homage to those creepy classics,”. Shot in Elmsdale and Windsor, Nova Scotia (some distance inland from East Chester, where the Butterbox Babies scandal took place), THE CHILD REMAINS will have its world premiere at the 2017 Shanghai International Film Festival.
James Frain and Diana Argon on the set of HEADLOCK
James Frain (Ferdinand Chevalier) will be James Hooker in THE JESTER FROM TRANSYLVANIA, a fantasy about an American scriptwriter (played by Emmett J Scanlan) who picks up an English hitchhiker in the middle of a Transylvanian forest. The hitcher turns out to be Touchstone (Jordan Prentice), the ghost of a former court jester, who turns the pacifist screenwriter into a cold blooded serial killer. JESTER should be released later this year.
Frain will also be Dr. A in the spy thriller HEADLOCK, which stars Diana Argon as Mary, the wife of an injured CIA recruit. Herself a former CIA operative, Mary becomes determined to find out just how her husband (Mark Polish) sustained the injuries that left him in a coma. Producer Juan Pablo Reyes told Dave Rolland of the Miami New Times: “We shot the wife’s story for twelve days in Los Angeles, where the husband is in a coma and Andy Garcia plays an intense government agent as a character you’ve never seen him play before. Then we tell the husband’s story.” The husband’s part of the story was shot in twelve different countries. Reyes said he is hopeful that the film will screen in Miami this summer.
Melanie Nicholls-King as Amelia in ORPHAN BLACK Season One
Melanie Nicholls-King (Sarah and Helena’s surrogate mother) is Lou in MARY GOES ROUND, a film written and directed by Molly McGlynn. Mary (Aya Cash), a closeted alcoholic and substance abuse counselor, is a few months away from getting married when she’s arrested for a DUI and loses both her job and her fiancé. She returns to her home town in New Jersey where she begins to take responsibility for herself and her family after learning that her estranged father is dying of cancer and is desperate for Mary to form a bond with her teenage half-sister. Filming of MARY GOES ROUND was completed last December. No word yet on a release date. A trailer is available on Vimeo.