News has been slow to come out on Spike TV’s version of Stephen King’s ‘The Mist‘ but now we’ve learned that 8 new cast members have been announced who will be joining Alyssa Sutherland and Frances Conroy on the small screen. We’re still not sure if this 10-episode adaptation will be an extended mini-series or just the introduction to an ongoing show based off of the 1980 novella but clearly, Dimension Television has high hopes for the show after how well their take of ‘Scream’ has been doing on MTV. With production kicking off late this summer it should be no surprise that we’re finally starting to see who will be joining the cast.
For those unfamiliar with the novella, it involves a group of townsfolk who take shelter in a small town from The Mist which is coming through it. Not something you would usually be afraid of, this mist is full of nightmares who are quite hungry for an unprepared populace. The original novella is a classic and the 2007 film by Frank Darabont managed to go an even darker route with the film’s climactic ending.
Joining the cast will be:
Gus Birney as “Alex Cunningham,” the teenage daughter of Kevin and Eve Cunningham. She’s always been the ‘good daughter,’ but her over-protective mother helps to kick-start a rebellious streak. Birney is currently appearing in “The Rose Tattoo” at the Williamstown Theater Festival opposite Marisa Tomei. She is repped by CESD and Suskin Management.
Dan Butler as “Father Romanov,” a priest who is caught in between modernity and tradition, he has lost his faith but clings to the ritual. Dan’s many credits range from “Silence of the Lambs” to “Crazy, Stupid Love,” on film; from “Frasier” to “Prayers for Bobby” to “From the Earth to the Moon,” on TV, as well as major roles on and off Broadway. Independent films include “Chronic Town,” “Fixing Frank” and his award-winning writing and directing ventures, “Karl Rove, I Love You” and “Pearl.” Butler is represented by CESD and Station 3.
Luke Cosgrove as “Jay Heisel,” a popular local football superstar and the son of the town sheriff who finds himself accused of a heinous crime. Cosgrove was born in Nambour, Queensland and raised on the Sunshine Coast, spending much of his time in the ocean surfing. He started acting at the age of 11 and in his late teens, he moved to Brisbane to pursue his passion professionally, where he starred in several short independent Australian productions. This is his first television role. Cosgrove is represented by Authentic and BMEG in Australia.
Danica Curcic as “Mia Lambert,” a drug-addicted woman on the run and in search of a mysterious stash of money. Curcic is an award-winning Serbian-Danish actress. After several leading roles in productions at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen, she segued her career into feature films including “on The Edge,” “The Absent One,” “Silent Heart,” “All Inclusive” and “Gold Coast.” Her upcoming films include the WWII drama “Across the Waters” and “Darling,” where she plays a world-renown ballerina. She will also appear in the Norwegian TV series “Nobel” about the Afgan War. Curcic is represented by Untitled.
Okezie Morro as “Jonah Dixon,” a military man with amnesia. He can’t remember who he is. As the truth about his identity unravels, shocking secrets will be revealed. Morro is a graduate of the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). His first film role was in the George Lucas-produced World War II epic “Red Tails” opposite Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard and David Oyelowo. He immediately followed up with a supporting role in “World War Z.” His television credits include MTV’s “Shuga” and BBC’s “New Tricks.” Morrow is represented by United Agents in London and NB Management in LA.
Darren Pettie as “Connor Heisel,” the local alpha male, town sheriff and father to local football superstar Jay. He struggles to maintain order in an increasingly chaotic and dangerous situation, finding himself up against many who have it out for his accused son. A veteran of both screen and stage, Pettit recently wrapped production on “Sidney Hall.” His latest film, “The Scarecrow,” premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. In television, Pettie was last seen on The Good Wife (CBS), and additional recent credits include Rizzoli & Isles (TNT), Scandal (ABC), and Pan Am (ABC). Pettie is represented by TalentWorks and Sanders.Armstrong.Caserta Management.
Russell Posner as “Adrian Garff,” an insecure young teenager who comes to the defense of his best friend Alex, after she is the victim of a brutal crime. A witness to the crime, he finds himself at the center of a controversy which threatens to rip apart the community. Russell Posner broke onto the scene with a starring role in the 2015 Sundance Film Festival darling “The D Train” with Jack Black and James Marsden. Prior to that, Posner had supporting roles in “Louder Than Bombs” with Gabriel Bryne and Jesse Eisenberg and John Turturo’s “Fading Gigolo” with Woody Allen. Posner is represented by Authentic and the Gersh Agency.
Isiah Whitlock, Jr. as “Gus Redman,” a local mall manager. When a new society forms from the mist survivors at the mall, Gus will have to decide if he will take the role of leader and exactly how far he will go to keep order. Whitlock recently completed filming Warner Bros “Chips,” directed by Dax Shepard, and the Independent film “Human People.” He also recently appeared in Amazon’s “Chi-Raq” directed by Spike Lee and the remake of Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” being released this August. On television, Whitlock starred as ‘Senator Clay Davis’ on the acclaimed HBO series “The Wire.” He currently recurs on HBO’s Emmy®-winning comedy series “Veep” as ‘Secretary of Defense General George Maddox.’ He will next be seen starring this fall in the FX series “Atlanta” and FOX’s “Son of Zorn.” Whitlock is represented by CornerStone Talent Agency and Liebman Entertainment.
It looks like we’re in for a treat when the series premieres and I hope that they can do both the novella justice while putting their own unique spin on it.
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Stephen King’s ‘The Mist’ will premiere on Spike TV in 2017!
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