We just saw the first look at the new Pennywise the Clown in the upcoming movie adaptation of Stephen King‘s It. Now comes news related to another project based on the work of King, a TV series based on The Mist.
We first heard about The Mist back in September of last year. Now, a bunch of castings have been announced for the upcoming Spike TV series, nine of them to be exact. Continue below to find out who was cast and what characters they’re playing.
The first announced casting was Alyssa Sutherland, who’s best known for playing Queen Aslaug on the History Channel drama Vikings. After that came the announcement of eight other castings: Gus Birney, Dan Butler, Luke Cosgrove, Danica Curcic, Okezie Morro, Darren Pettie, Isiah Whitlock Jr., and Russell Posner.
Here’s a rundown of who the actors are playing, as well as some of their past work:
Alyssa Sutherland as â€œEve Cunningham,â€ a wife and mother who fights to protect her teenage daughter from unknown dangers lurking both inside and outside the mist while facing down her past. Before joining the cast of â€œVikings,â€ Sutherland appeared in several independent films including â€œThe Fortune Theory,â€ â€œDonâ€™t Look Up,â€ and â€œDay On Fireâ€ with Olympia Dukakis, which screened at the Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals. On the small screen, she has appeared on NBCâ€™s â€œLaw & Order: Special Victims Unitâ€ and Foxâ€™s â€œNew Amsterdam.â€ A native of Brisbane, Australia, Sutherland began modeling at the age 15 before starting her acting career.
Gus Birney as â€œAlex Cunningham,â€ the teenage daughter of Kevin and Eve Cunningham. Sheâ€™s always been the â€˜good daughter,â€™ but her over-protective mother helps to kick-start a rebellious streak. Birney is currently appearing in â€œThe Rose Tattooâ€ at the Williamstown Theater Festival opposite Marisa Tomei.
Dan Butler as â€œFather Romanov,â€ a priest who is caught in between modernity and tradition, he has lost his faith but clings to the ritual. Danâ€™s many credits range from â€œSilence of the Lambsâ€ to â€œCrazy, Stupid Love,â€ on film; from â€œFrasierâ€ to â€œPrayers for Bobbyâ€ to â€œFrom the Earth to the Moon,â€ on TV, as well as major roles on and off Broadway. Independent films include â€œChronic Town,â€ â€œFixing Frankâ€ and his award winning writing and directing ventures, â€œKarl Rove, I Love Youâ€ and â€œPearl.â€
Luke Cosgrove as â€œJay Heisel,â€ 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.
Danica Curcic as â€œMia Lambert,â€ 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 â€œon The Edge,â€ â€œThe Absent One,â€ â€œSilent Heart,â€ â€œAll Inclusiveâ€ and â€œGold Coast.â€ Her upcoming films include the WWII drama â€œAcross the Watersâ€ and â€œDarling,â€ where she plays a world-renown ballerina. She will also appear in the Norwegian TV series â€œNobelâ€ about the Afgan War.
Okezie Morro as â€œJonah Dixon,â€ a military man with amnesia. He canâ€™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 â€œRed Tailsâ€ opposite Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard and David Oyelowo. He immediately followed up with a supporting role in â€œWorld War Z.â€ His television credits include MTVâ€™s â€œShugaâ€ and BBCâ€™s â€œNew Tricks.â€
Darren Pettie as â€œConnor Heisel,â€ 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 â€œSidney Hall.â€ His latest film, â€œThe Scarecrow,â€ premiered at this yearâ€™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).
Russell Posner as â€œAdrian Garff,â€ 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 â€œThe D Trainâ€ with Jack Black and James Marsden. Prior to that, Posner had supporting roles in â€œLouder Than Bombsâ€ with Gabriel Bryne and Jesse Eisenberg and John Turturoâ€™s â€œFading Gigoloâ€ with Woody Allen.
Isiah Whitlock, Jr. as â€œGus Redman,â€ 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 â€œChips,â€ directed by Dax Shepard, and the Independent film â€œHuman People.â€ He also recently appeared in Amazonâ€™s â€œChi-Raqâ€ directed by Spike Lee and the remake of Disneyâ€™s â€œPeteâ€™s Dragonâ€ being released this August. On television, Whitlock starred as â€˜Senator Clay Davisâ€™ on the acclaimed HBO series â€œThe Wire.â€ He currently recurs on HBOâ€™s EmmyÂ®-winning comedy series â€œVeepâ€ as â€˜Secretary of Defense General George Maddox.â€™ He will next be seen starring this fall in the FX series â€œAtlantaâ€ and FOXâ€™s â€œSon of Zorn.â€
The actors join previously cast Six Feet Under star Frances Conroy, who plays â€œNathalie, a modern day ecological martyr.”
The TV series tells the story of a strange mist arriving in a small town, bringing with it a terrifying new reality for those who live there and testing their humanity as they do what they feel they need to in order to survive.
The Mist is set to go into production later this summer, and the show will premiere on Spike sometime in 2017.