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Ridley Scott’s Raised by Wolves announces cast

The “Alien” director makes his television directorial debut on the TNT series

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Turner’s TNT is revealing the principal cast of ”Raised by Wolves”, the highly anticipated serialized sci-fi series from master storyteller and filmmaker Ridley Scott (”The Martian”, ”Blade Runner”, ”Alien: Covenant”), marking his television directorial debut. Acclaimed writer Aaron Guzikowski, the visionary behind the highly lauded film Prisoners, will serve as writer and showrunner. Production begins in Cape Town, South Africa this month.

”Raised by Wolves” centers on two androids tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet. As the burgeoning colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences the androids learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous and difficult task.

The talented roster of actors includes:

· Amanda Collin (”A Conspiracy of Faith”, ”A Horrible Woman”) will play Mother, an android with a secret past who has been programmed to raise a brood of human children on a faraway planet. In addition to teaching her children to survive, Mother must also keep them from believing in the unreal; to ensure this virgin planet isn’t torn apart by the same religious differences that lead the Earth to its ultimate destruction. Mother hopes her family will serve as the nucleus for a peaceful, technocratic colony — a new beginning for humanity. But as she struggles to mold these growing humans, she also begins uncovering secrets hidden within her own programming, secrets that could help her protect her family, but could just as easily destroy them.

· Abubakar Salim (”Fortitude”, ”Jamestown”) will play Father, an android whose devotion to his human children is matched only by his devotion to Mother. Father is a considerably less complex model than Mother, but thanks to his wisdom and patience, he is no less important to the family’s survival. Like many human fathers, Father wants to be funny — especially in the eyes of Mother — but it’s a skill he often struggles with. What he is good at is always being there when you need him.

· Winta McGrath (”Aloft”, ”Red Dog: True Blue”) will play Campion, a scrappy and soulful 12-year-old boy who was raised by Mother and Father since birth. When a ship of humans arrives from Earth, Campion is exposed to followers of religion for the first time in his life, and starts to question whether his android parents really know what’s best for him.

· Travis Fimmel (”Vikings”) will play Marcus, a roguish, charismatic soldier, who was the ultimate survivor back on Earth. To escape the doomed planet, Marcus and his wife Sue made a dangerous decision that they must keep secret at all costs. But now that they’ve arrived in the new world, Marcus is struggling to reconcile the sins of his past, even as he continues to embrace the killer instincts that always kept him alive in the first place.

· Niamh Algar (”The Virtues”, ”Calm With Horses”) will play Sue, a strong, resourceful combat medic who put aside her reservations about coming to this new planet at the urging of her husband Marcus. But as the planet’s mysteries and dangers threaten to upend the promise of a new life, Sue questions whether they have compromised too much in the name of survival.

· Felix Jamieson (”Game of Thrones”, ”The Ghost”) will play Paul, Sue and Marcus’ 12-year old son, a boy of unshakable faith in both his religion and his father. Having always felt like an outsider back on Earth, Paul strikes up a complicated friendship — and rivalry — with Campion. Though the two young men begin to learn from one another, they also begin to challenge one another.

· Ethan Hazzard (”The Long Song”, ”Damned”) will play the highly intelligent Hunter, age 17. His father was a high-ranking member of a powerful religious order back on Earth. But now that the hierarchy he once sat atop no longer exists, Hunter must learn what it’s like to be just like everybody else.

· Jordan Loughran (”The Infiltrator”, ”Emerald City”) will play Tempest, 17. Raised with a religion she never really believed in, she sees Mother and Father as superior to the human guardians who so often let her down. Soon after arriving in the new world, Tempest discovers she is pregnant; the result of a rape she suffered at the hands of a high-ranking member of her church.

· Aasiya Shah (”Call the Midwife”, ”Unforgotten”) will play Holly, 15, a burgeoning warrior who is trying to find her place in this strange new world.

· Ivy Wong (”Star Wars: Rogue One”, ”Maleficent 2”) will play Vita, 6, the youngest member of the family, but also the most fearless.

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True Lies TV series in the works from McG

The classic Arnie movie is getting a TV adaptation made

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McG (“Terminator Salvation”) is taking on more James Cameron, confirming he is working on a TV series adapted from the 1994 action-comedy “True Lies”. The series will be developed for the Disney+ streaming service.

McG spoke to Collider, stating “Well, right now my new thing for television is I’m doing ‘True Lies’ at Disney… which is exciting. I’m writing that one, which is very exciting, because I’m so passionate about that story where you think you know your partner but you don’t.”

Of course what we all want to know is … will there be Arnie? “There’s talk of that. It’s largely rebooted but there may be a spot there, we’ll see.”

In the original “True Lies”, Schwarzenegger plays a secret agent in the film who struggles to find the right balance between his work and family life, where he has to lie to his wife (Jamie Lee Curtis) about his professional activities.

The original 1994 film, also starring Tom Arnold and Jamie Lee Curtis, was expected to be the first in a franchise – but director Cameron went cold on the idea after the events of 9/11, noting that terrorism wasn’t something to make light of anymore.

In the original, Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a sales Representative for a computer company, with a wife, Helen, and a daughter, Dana, with a house in the suburbs in Washington D.C. Or so everybody thinks. Harry is actually an agent of a private organization that hunts down any threats to the United States. While he is investigating a possible threat on the U.S., his wife Helen becomes lonely and starts to hang around another man, a used car salesman named Simon (Bill Paxton), so Harry secretly uses his organization’s equipment to monitor on his wife and her new friend. Harry must also worry about the threat on the U.S. Meanwhile, a middle eastern terrorist named Salim Abu Aziz, has formed his own terrorist network he calls “Crimson Jihad” and they are threatening to Nuke the U.S. if they do not get what they want. So, Harry must stop the terrorists and, hopefully, save his own personal life.

McG, who has carved out somewhat of a career for himself in recent years directing and/or producing various small-screen projects for Netflix,  helmed “Terminator Salvation” – a sequel to Cameron’s grandiose ’80s classic “The Terminator”.

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The Falcon And The Winter Soldier miniseries for Disney+ gets director

Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan will star

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Disney+ is developing a 6-Part miniseries of “The Falcon And The Winter Soldier” starring Anthony Mackie as Falcon and Sebastian Stan as the Winter Soldier. Kari Skogland has been assigned to direct the series, which is also rumoured to have “Captain America: Civil War‘s” Daniel Bruhl and Emily Van Camp in talks to join the cast.

Skogland has directed episodes of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and is also Emmy-nominated, a BAFTA-winning director, and showrunner.

The miniseries will air in August 2020. News via Deadline.

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Undisputed rebooted for TV

Popular martial-arts movie series will continue on the box

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Popular martial-arts movie series “Undisputed” – which kicked off in 2002 and has featured the likes of Ving Rhames, Wesley Snipes, Michael Jai White and Scott Adkins – is coming to TV.

Millennium and Empire Films, along with Isaac Florentine, director of the previous three films in the movie series, have set up a TV series adaptation, set to film in 2020 in Bulgaria.

The series, to be executive produced by Yaiv Lerner (“Rambo”), will follow the characters introduced in the film series- most notably, Yuri Boyka (Scott Adkins in the films), a Russian prison fighter on parole who seizes the opportunity to participate in the world’s biggest and most prestigious underground fighting tournament. Exposing the lucrative and intricate underbelly of fighting rings, Undisputed will reveal the microcosm of an expansionist international crime organization and connects everyone in it; those who participate in it, organize it, protect it, investigate it and collect the money. This is a world where every action has consequences.

Rouslan Ovtcharoff, Benjamin Jackendoff, Sean O’Kelly and Marc Bikindou will also be part of the producer’s committee on the project.

“There’s been a tremendous amount of buzz and presales interest around Undisputed the TV series, with buyers quick to recognize its broad commercial appeal,” said O’Kelly, founder of Empire. “As one of the most original and talented directors working today, Isaac Florentine will be sure to deliver the same riveting, high-octane action experience that Undisputed fans around the world have come to love and expect.”

Action-movie vet Florentine believes the TV series is a way to introduce the world of “Undisputed” up to a bigger audience.

“I am hoping that the mainstream American audience will finally discover the character of Yuri Boyka and like him the way he’s adored in the rest of the world”.

Via ‘The Hollywood Reporter

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