It’s a ‘Battlestar Galactica’ reunion over at ‘Hemlock Grove’ as it’s just been announced that Aaron Douglas will be joining the cast of the Netflix original series.
Not much has been heard about the project but it looks like the producers have been busy getting their cast together. Just last week they had signed on Lili Taylor (‘The Warren Files,’ ‘Six Feet Under,’ ‘The Haunting’) to play a Gypsy mother and Kandyse McClure (‘Sanctuary,’ ‘Battlestar Galactica’) as an “animal behaviorist with a PhD and a history of self-destruction.”
The latest addition to the cast Douglas, will be joining his former ‘BSG’ co-star on the series playing the role of Sheriff Sworn, “the local lawman investigating a young girl’s gruesome murder in the Pennsylvania steel town.” Many fans may best recognize Douglas as Chief Galen Tyrol on ‘Battlestar Galactica’ but he’s also starred in the series ‘Hellcats’ and appeared in an episode of ‘Eureka.’
For the uninitiated, ‘Hemlock Grove’ is based on the Brian McGreevy novel which involves biotechnology gone haywire, psychic manipulation, a murder mystery, a girl claiming to be impregnated by an angel, a werewolf, a boy who feels a tingle in his nether region when things get hairy, teenage sex and a vampire. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg!
For the purposes of ease, the series starts with the body of a young girl who was found mangled and murdered at a steel mill that the Godfrey family owns. The murder remains unsolved with some of the townspeople suspecting an escapee from the White Tower, the biotech facility founded by Norman Godfrey (Scott) where biological experiments of the most unethical kind take place. Others believe it could be Roman (Skarsgard), the arrogant heir to the Godfrey fortune. Or the killer could be Peter, (Liboiron), the 17 year old Gypsy teen from the wrong side of the tracks who tells his classmates he’s a werewolf and is in love with Letha Godfrey (Mitchell) who believes an angel got her pregnant. Maybe the answer lies with Olivia Godfrey (Janssen), the otherworldly beautiful and controlling matriarch of not only the Godfrey family but also of Hemlock Grove.
If the show sounds a bit ‘Twin Peak’-like, it’s not a coincidence as Eli Roth has stated that he “wanted to make a show that was really going to be more like Twin Peaks. That for us is the benchmark of great television that we love.”
Without the constraints of cable or network censors, ‘Hemlock Grove’ can truly take the viewers to a world that ‘Twin Peaks’ wasn’t allowed to go. And that would be a good reason to start subscribing to Netflix!
‘Hemlock Grove’ will be available on Netfilx in January 2013 with all 13 episodes available to watch at one time.