Category: TV

Virginia Madsen cast as Maria Sunderland in DC Universe Series “Swamp Thing”

Virginia Madsen is set as a key series regular opposite Crystal Reed in Swamp Thing, the upcoming streaming drama series based on the DC characters created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. The project, which hails from James Wan’s Atomic Monster in association with Warner Bros. Television, is set to premiere in 2019 on the DC Universe digital subscription service.

Written by Mark Verheiden and Gary Dauberman, Swamp Thing follows Abby Arcane (Reed) as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana but soon discovers that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. When unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe.

Virginia Madsen will play Maria Sunderland, who traded in her privileged upbringing for the swamps of Marais when she married local business magnate Avery Sunderland (not yet cast), but Avery’s life-time obsession with the swamp has driven a wedge between him and Maria. Her poised existence is shaken further when the return of Abby Arcane reawakens a deep grief over the loss of Maria’s daughter, Shawna, drawing her into the dark supernatural mysteries emerging from the swamp. Wan, Verheiden, Dauberman, Michael Clear and Wiseman are executive producers alongside Len Wiseman who is set to direct. Rob Hackett is co-producer.

Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated for her performance in Alexander Payne’s Sideways, Madsen recently wrapped Epix miniseries The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair opposite Patrick Dempsey. She can most recently be seen in season one of CBS drama, American Gothic. She also recently wrapped shooting recurring roles on CBS’ Elementary and the new ABC hit drama, Designated Survivor. In film, she can be seen in the independent feature Her Smell, directed by Alex Ross Perry and starring Elisabeth Moss, which premiered this fall at TIFF. Madsen is repped by UTA and Untitled Entertainment.

 

“The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair” to open inaugural Canneseries Festival

Epix’s forthcoming Patrick Dempsey-fronted thriller The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair will have its world premiere at the inaugural Canneseries TV event. The MGM-produced drama, which is based on Joël Dicker’s, is directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, who directed by Oscar winner Black and White in Color. The show will launch out of competition on 7 April 2018 following the French TV festival’s official competition ceremony before launching on the U.S cable network and French broadcaster TF1.

The 10-part drama, which is produced by The Handmaid’s Tale producer in association with Eagle Pictures and Barbary Films, stars New Girl’s Damon Wayans Jr, Snowden’s Ben Schnetzer, Let The Right One In’s Kristine Froseth and Designated Survivor’s Virginia Madsen. Masters Of Sex duo Lyn Greene and Richard Levine are writing.

The Hitchcockian psychological thriller has elements of horror and murder mystery and is set in Maine. It follows a literary icon, Harry Quebert, who finds himself indicted for murder after the body of a young girl is found on his property.

The show originated after Eagle Pictures chairman Tarak Ben Ammar partnered with Youth producer Fabio Conversi, who optioned the rights through Barbary Films. Canneseries will launch alongside MipTV and will feature 10 new series in a range of genres as well as a full programme of 200 screenings across the port city aimed at the public. The event, initiated by Cannes Mayor David Lisnard, is run by Artistic Director and former Apple iTunes exec Albin Lewi.

Virginia Madsen to star in “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair”

Premium Cable Network Epix ordered the murder suspense series The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair. The 10-part television series event will star Patrick Dempsey, Damon Wayans Jr and Virginia Madsen. The Harry Quebert Affair is based on the bestselling European novel by Joël Dicker.

Every episode will be directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud (Black and White in Color, Seven Years in Tibet, Black Gold), in his television debut. The pilot script and several episodes were written by Lyn Greene and Richard Levine. Academy Award nominee Virginia Madsen plays Tamara Quinn, “Jenny Quinn’s mother and the owner of a local diner who learns of a secret about Quebert.”

“The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair takes place in coastal Maine and focuses on Marcus Goldman who is visiting Harry Quebert’s home to find a cure for his writer’s block as his publisher’s deadline looms. Marcus’ plans are suddenly upended when Harry is sensationally implicated in the cold-case murder of Nola Kellergan, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been missing for many years.”

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair is executive produced by Annaud, Tarak Ben Ammar, Fabio Conversi , Greene, and Levine.The series is produced by MGM Television and Eagle Pictures with MGM serving as the lead studio.

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair will be the second MGM Television produced scripted series for EPIX and the first project since MGM completed the transaction to acquire EPIX in May.  MGM Television, Eagle Pictures and Barbary Films started production on The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Holiday Horror Pic “Better Watch Out” lands at well go USA

Well Go USA has acquired all North American rights to Better Watch Out, a holiday horror pic directed by Chris Peckover with a cast led by Olivia DeJonge, Levi Miller, Virginia Madsen, Patrick Warburton and Ed Oxenbould. Well Go is scaring up plans for an October 6 theatrical and digital release.

Penned by Peckover and Zack Kahn, the pic (formerly known as Safe Neighborhood) centers stars DeJonge as a babysitter who, one snowy night on a quiet suburban street, must defend her 12-year-old charge (Miller) from intruders. But she quickly learns that this is one extraordinary home invasion that demands an equally extraordinary response. Aleks Mikic and Dacre Montgomery also star.

In the release announcing the deal producers Brett Thornquest and Brion Hambel called their pic “a crowd-pleasing, high-octane horror-thriller companion to Home Alone, Gremlins and Die Hard.”

Thornquest and Sidonie Abbene of Storm Vision Entertainment produced with Hambel and Paul Jensen of Best Medicine Productions. XYZ Films handled domestic sales. Pfardrescher negotiated the deal on behalf of Well Go and Nate Bolotin at XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.

Designated Survivor: “Misalliance” (1×19) Press Release

•• As the White House gears up for President Kirkman’s first international summit, Kimble Hookstraten faces her toughest political battle yet when her speakership is challenged. Meanwhile, Alex wrestles with whether or not to bring the kids back to Washington.

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