The Man in the High Castle
Australian actress Bella Heathcote (“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”) has is set to play a series regular on Amazon’s original drama series “The Man in the High Castle” for its second season. Heathcote will play Nicole Becker, a young, Berlin-born filmmaker who will cross paths with Joe (Luke Kleintank).
The series depicts a divided and drab 1962 America, in which the Nazis rule the East and Midwest and Imperial Japan reigns over the Western states, with a neutral zone between them. The new season is expected to be released around the end of the year. [Source: Deadline]
Singer-songwriter Tom Waits has joined “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” filmmaker Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Hulu drama pilot “Citizen”. Waits will play Cesar, a priest who runs a guerrilla humanitarian outfit with questionable legality from his church in Boyle Heights.
The story is described as a fresh take on the hero origin story, blending elements of magical realism and gritty vigilantism against the backdrop of the vibrant world of east Los Angeles. Gomez-Rejon along with “Blood and Oil” duo Josh Pate and Nicholas Schutt will pen the script and executive produce alongside David Kanter, Matt DeRoss and Steve Golin. [Source: The Live Feed]
CBS True Crime Series
CBS and Critical Content is nearing a series order for an unscripted true-crime anthology series which currently doesn’t have title. Tom Forman will produce.
The first season is set to focus on the JonBenet Ramsey murder case and could air as early as this Fall. The series would reunite the case’s original investigators along with new experts to study the case, which dominated tabloid headlines for years. [Source: Variety]
Law & Order: True Crime
Dick Wolf and NBC are looking to further expand the “Law & Order” brand into the anthology arena with the scripted drama series “Law & Order: True Crime” which will chronicle famous real-life criminal cases in the vein of FX’s “American Crime Story”.
The first eight-episode installment will center on Lyle and Erik Menendez, who were convicted of murdering their parents and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole in 1996. The brothers tried separately but eventually convicted in a third trial after no verdicts were rendered in the first two trials because of hung juries. [Source: Yahoo]
Subscription streaming channel Seeso will premiere its first original comedy-drama “Flowers” on May 5th. The first trailer for the six episode dramedy series, which stars Olivia Colman and Julian Barratt as a couple struggling to hold themselves together, is out and can be watched below. The full series will be available in its entirety to all Seeso subscribers on May 5th.