Aleks Paunovic (Julius) will be Detective Osgard in HARD POWDER, an English-language adaptation of the 2014 Norwegian black comedy “In Order of Disappearance” (aka Kraftidioten). In the US version, Nels (Liam Neeson), a Colorado snowplow operator, takes the law into his own hands after his son is murdered by a drug cartel. Nels sets out to find those responsible and inadvertently ignites a gang war. Directed by Hans Petter Moland, and filmed in British Columbia and Alberta, HARD POWDER will be released in Australia and New Zealand on 14 February. Kraftidioten can be streamed on Netflix.
Paunovic is also Bojan Boscovic, “a large, fearsome looking man with frostbite scars and stumped ears”, in the TV version of the 2013 movie SNOWPIERCER, which was set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment has killed everyone on the planet except for a fortunate few who managed to board a train that continually circles the globe, powered by a perpetual motion engine. In the TV series, Bojan is a Breachworker, performing one of the most dangerous jobs on the train. He’s used to the cold and hazards of the job, and comfortable enough to joke about the risk. The show will star Jennifer Connolly and Daveed Diggs. Graeme Manson (co-creator of ORPHAN BLACK) has replaced Josh Friedmann as showrunner. The pilot will be reshot (the new version just had its first readthrough), and will now be directed by James Hawes. The ten-episode series will air on TNT sometime next year. Outside the US, SNOWPIERCER will be available on Netflix. Continue reading →
Rukiya Bernard (Doc) will be Danielle in FREAKY FRIDAY, the third remake of the 1976 film which starred Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster. This one is about Katherine (Heidi Blickenstaff) and Ellie (Cozi Zuehlsdorff), a mother and daughter who find themselves each in the other’s body after both express a wish to live the other’s life. (The magical device that does the switching is a pair of necklaces in the original film, fortune cookies in the 2003 adaptation, and an hourglass in this one.) This lastest incarnation of FREAKY FRIDAY is a musical (based on last year’s stage musical with music by Tom Kitt and lyrics by Brian Yorkey), and will premiere on the Disney Channel on 10 August. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Left to Right — Freaky Friday posters 1976, 1995, 2003, 2018
Bernard is also Megan, Cara’s best friend, in ONE WINTER WEEKEND. Cara (Taylor Cole), who writes for a women’s magazine, is challenged by her editor to write about her decision to refrain from dating for a while after she is dumped on New Years Eve. (She calls it a “dating detox”.) Carla, looking for inspiration, books an impromptu ski weekend with Megan, but the two discover they’ve inadvertently double booked their chalet with two eligible men, Sean (Dweshane Williams) and Ben (Jack Turner). Then the four of them get snowed in. ONE WINTER WEEKEND will next air on The Hallmark Channel on Friday, 31 August at 4pm. Continue reading →
Hilary Jardine (Susan) will be Patty Beron, founder of the online community sfgirl.com, in VALLEY OF THE BOOM, a six part miniseries about the ’90s tech boom that will examine the culture of innovation and debauchery that led to the dotcom bubble. According to showrunner Matthew Carnahan, documentary elements will be used to help tell the true inside story. Carnahan told Deadline.com: “We wanted to make something as the people and the tech that came out of The Valley during this period, so this is a wild, hybridized, rule-breaking look at a truly remarkable time and place.” VALLEY OF THE BOOM will premiere on The National Geographic Channel on 1 November.