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.



'Homeland,' 'True Blood' Alums Board CW's 'Messengers'

From The Hollywood Reporter

The CW's sci-fi drama The Messengers has enlisted two new faces.

Homeland alum Navid Negahban and True Blood's Lauren Bowles have booked recurring roles on the midseason series from writer/co-EP Eoghan O'Donnell (Teen Wolf), The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The Messengers centers on a group of seemingly unconnected strangers who die from an energy pulse after a mysterious object crashes down to Earth. They awaken to learn that they have been deemed responsible for preventing the impending apocalypse.

Bowles, who has played Holly on the HBO vampire drama for the past four years, will portray Sen. Cindy Richards, a hard-working, passionate politician driven by a painful personal past. When she crosses paths with the so-called Messengers, she's not only in the midst of a re­election campaign, but also on the verge of making choices that may have a long-lasting impact far beyond the Beltway. 

Negahban, who played terrorist Abu Nazir on the Showtime drama, is set to play a Middle Eastern prime minister whose responsibility of keeping peace in his volatile country weighs heavily on him, and may force him to make some very unpopular decisions.

Shantel VanSanten (One Tree Hill) leads the cast, which includes Jon Fletcher, Sofia Black-D’Elia, JD Pardo, Joel Courtney, Anna Diop, Craig Frank and Diogo Morgado

The Messengers is set for a midseason debut; an official premiere date has not yet been announced. Trey Callaway and Basil Iwanyk are on board to exec produce, with Kent Kubena, Ava Jamshidi and Duane Clark set as co-EPs. Stephen Williams directed the pilot for CBS Television Studios and Thunder Road.

Bowles is repped by Innovative, Main Title and Stone Meyer; Negahban is with United and Impression.


The Messengers To Air Mid-Season (2015)

From The Messengers Fansite:

New dramas iZOMBIE and THE MESSENGERS will debut in 2015, along with the return of romantic comedy Hart Of Dixie and fan-favorite drama Beauty And The Beast.


“And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.”

(Revelation 9)

In the white-hot sun of the New Mexico desert, scientist Vera Ivanov watches in fascination as a mysterious object plummets to Earth and explodes in a blinding flash, sending out a shock wave that briefly stops her heart. But Vera is not the only one affected by the blast: she is instantly and mysteriously connected to four other strangers, who also collapse only to miraculously come back to life hours later. Erin, a young mother desperate to protect her 7-year-old daughter from an abusive ex-husband; Peter, a troubled high school student who finally lashes out to end the constant bullying he can no longer endure; Raul, a federal agent looking to escape his undercover assignment in a violent Mexican drug cartel; and Joshua, Jr., a charismatic second-generation televangelist following in his father’s footsteps – all awaken after the pulse with powers they can barely believe, from inexplicable strength to the ability to heal others.

Most mysterious of all is the figure known only as The Man, who offers Vera the one thing she wants most in life – to be reunited with her kidnapped son – if she will help him with one morally complicated task. That task puts Vera on a collision course with nurse Rose Arvale who, after a seemingly random act of violence left her in a coma for seven years, suddenly begins to stir. As Joshua, Jr. prophesizes, the wheels of Revelation have begun to turn, and this group of strangers might be the only hope for preventing the impending Rapture…or causing it.

The series stars Shantel VanSanten (“Gang Related,” “One Tree Hill”) as Vera, Jon Fletcher (“City of Dreams”) as Joshua Jr., Sofia Black-D’Elia (“Betrayal,” “Gossip Girl”) as Erin, JD Pardo (“Revolution”) as Raul, Joel Courtney (“Super 8”) as Peter, Anna Diop (“Everybody Hates Chris”) as Rose and Diogo Morgado (“Son of God,” “Sol de Inverno”) as The Man. THE MESSENGERS is produced by CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Entertainment, in association with Thunder Road Pictures with executive producers Trey Callaway (“Revolution,” “CSI: NY”), Basil Iwanyk (“The Town,” “The Expendables” film franchise, “Clash of the Titans” film franchise) and co-executive producers Eoghan O’Donnell (“Teen Wolf”), Kent Kubena (the upcoming “Gods of Egypt,” “Turistas”) and Ava Jamshidi. The pilot was directed by Stephen Williams (“Lost”).