Rosemary Dunsmore (Professor Susan Duncan in “Manacled Slim Wrists“) will be Lorraine in the surrealistic thriller THE TOLL. Cami (Jordan Hayes) is heading home, having been picked up at the airport by Uber driver Spencer (Max Topplin). As they navigate dark forest roads, their phones suddenly die and the car stops altogether. Spencer suggests they wait for another car to pass by, but Cami is beginning to believe he may have orchestrated the whole thing, so she abandons the car and searches for the nearest house but all she finds is Spencer’s car again. Cami and Spencer are now in the Toll Man‘s world, and the toll required to depart is a death. But it could be that only one of them has to die. Nicole Power of KIM’S CONVENIENCE is also in the cast. THE TOLL will premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas on 15 March, and will be released in Russia on 3 September. Continue reading →
Evelyne Brochu (Delphine) will play the (so far unnamed) mistress of the French President in PARIS POLICE 1900, an eight episode crime drama inspired by true events. The corpse of an unidentified young woman is found in the Seine, and a young inspector (played by Jérémie Laheurte) launches an investigation and in the process uncovers a major government secret. As he investigates, he crosses the path of Brochu’s character, a courtesan who has been drawn into espionage. The show’s costume designer Anaïs Romand and set decorator Pierre Quéfféléan are both César Award winners. Directed by Julien Despaux (who directed eight episodes of BLACK SPOT), PARIS POLICE 1900 will be filming in Paris until January.
Next year, Brochu will star (along with Noémie Godin-Vigneau and Rebecca Vachon) in a production of Chekhov’s THE THREE SISTERS. Directed by René Richard Cyr, the play will run from 3 March through 28 March at Théâtre du Nouveau-Monde in Montreal. Continue reading →
Tatiana Maslany will be Sister Alice, leader of the Radiant Assembly of God, in HBO’s PERRY MASON reboot, which will be set in 1932 Los Angeles when Mason (played by Matthew Rhys) was a struggling private investigator traumatized by his wartime experiences in France and recovering from a broken marriage. Sister Alice gives three sermons every day to a national radio audience. Her mother and closest advisor is Birdy McKeegan (Lili Taylor), a pious and deeply devout woman who keeps things running smoothly at the Pentecostal church.
Chris Chalk has been cast as Paul Drake, a beat cop with a flair for detective work. (The character who corresponds most closely to the Paul Drake in the novels is Pete Strickland, played by Shea Whigham). Mason takes on “the case of the decade” which has something to do with the kidnapping of the one-year-old child of grocery store owner Matthew Dodson (Nate Corddry). Dodson’s wife Emily (Gayle Rankin) is described as a very religious person, and might be a follower of Sister Alice. It is not known if Mason’s secretary Della Street will appear in the new series. (Street did appear in the first Perry Mason novel, “The Case of the Velvet Claws“, which was published in 1933.) HBO has not yet announced a release date. Continue reading →