'Battlestar Galactica' star Jamie Bamber joins The CW's 'The Messengers'

Via Entertainment Weekly

The Messengers, one of the CW’s midseason shows, tells the story of five strangers affected when a mysterious object hits Earth. After collapsing, all five individuals come back to life just hours later with inexplicable powers, including strength and the power to heal. But once things begin to become more clear, those affected realize that they might be Earth’s only hope for stopping the Rapture … or perhaps, they’re causing it.

The Messengers currently stars Shantel VanSanten, Jon Fletcher, Sofia Black-D’Elia, JD Pardo, Joel Courtney, Anna Diop, and Diogo Morgado. And now, EW has learned exclusively that two others have joined the mix.

First up, Battlestar Galactica‘s Jamie Bamber has landed a recurring role on the series as Vincent Plowman, who’s described as “the unapologetically aggressive co-chairman of Plowman Family Farms, one of the world’s most successful agricultural companies. Along with his older brother Mark, he is the face of a business on the cutting edge of new farming technology that has the potential of eliminating draught and famine worldwide. But in the end, Vincent’s favored son status may uproot his ambitious plans in more ways than one.”

Also joining the show is Riley Smith, most recently seen on True Blood, who will play Vincent’s brother, Mark Plowman. Mark is described as “a quiet, salt of the earth type of man you’d expect to find walking the fields, not sitting in the boardroom of a powerful farming business. But as a family man, his heart is usually in the right place—especially when it comes to pioneering new ways to feed the world. But the shadow cast by his charismatic and outgoing younger brother has planted some deep resentment along the way that may destroy a lot more than the next harvest.”

The Messengers will premiere on The CW in 2015.


True Blood’s Riley Smith joins the cast of "The Messengers" in a recurring role. 

True Blood’s Riley Smith joins the cast of "The Messengers" in a recurring role. 


Sam Littlefield and Jessika Van Join "The Messengers"

Jessica Van

Via Deadline

Sam Littlefield (The After) and Jessika Van (Paper Lotus) have booked recurring roles on new CW drama The Messengers, from writer/co-exec producer Eoghan O’Donnell and exec producer Basil Iwanyk. In it, when a mysterious object crashes down to earth, a group of seemingly unconnected strangers die from the energy pulse, but then awaken to learn that they have been deemed responsible for preventing the impending Apocalypse. Littlefield, repped by Bold MP, Don Buchwald & Assoc., and attorneys Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson & Binder, will play Leland Schiller, a brilliant computer genius turned anarchist hacker. Van will play Koa Lin, a grifter from the gritty back alleys of Hong Kong who will use whatever means necessary to accomplish her goals.


Blumhouse Launches Multi-Platform Arm BH-Tilt

From Deadline Hollywood

Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions has launched BH Tilt – a new label dedicated to generating movies from Blumhouse and other filmmakers formulti-platform release. The new label begins with The Creep Trilogy by The Duplass Brothers, which will be released by RADiUS-TWC; the films Mockingbird, Mercy, Not Safe for Work and Stretch, which Universal Studios Home Entertainment will release digitally in October, and The Town That Dreaded Sundown, which Orion is releasing in October.

"Mercy, based on a Stephen King story, “Gramma,” from his “Skeleton Crew” collection. In the story two boys visit their grandmother only to discover that she’s a witch.The Haunting in Connecticut‘s Peter Cornwell directs Frances O’Connor, Chandler Riggs, Joel Courtney, Dylan McDermott, Shirley Knight and Chris Browning."


New Mexico crew boards sci-fi series

From KFTV News

Apocalyptic drama The Messengers will begin principal photography in Alburquerque, New Mexico next week, employing at least 300 local crew members from the state.

The CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Entertainment-produced series will also hire at least 3,100 locals as background talent, as well as giving a boost to local businesses.

Filming will take place from mid-August through mid-December, and will be executive produced by Trey Callaway (Revolution, CSI: NY), Basil Iwanyk (The Town, The Expendables franchise) and co-executive producers Eoghan O'Donnell, Kent Kubena, Ava Jamshidi and Duane Clark.

The sci-fi series, which will air on The CW, follows a group of strangers who become connected after a mysterious object plummets in the New Mexico desert, and follows a successful pilot which also filmed in Albuquerque. The show stars Shantel VanSanten, Jon Fletcher, Sofia Black-D'Elia, JD Pardo, Joel Courtney, Anna Diop, Craig Frank and Diogo Morgado.

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry said: "We are delighted to welcome The Messengers back to Albuquerque. Having these 12 episodes filmed here will be incredibly beneficial to our community because of the longer-term, high paying, creative jobs for the crew and the peripheral benefits to local businesses."

It was revealed last month that since mid-2009, film production spending in New Mexico has created around 15,900 full-time jobs.