Tatiana Maslany can’t wait for fans of Orphan Black to dive into The Next Chapter, the upcoming Serial Box audiobook that picks up where the hit BBC America series ended in 2017. The Next Chapter continues the clones’ story eight years after the events of the show, when biologist Cosima and her sestras, Sarah Manning and Alison Hendrix, along with other familiar (and not so familiar) faces, are forced out of their fiercely protected private lives to stop a global disaster.
“It’s an interesting new medium to use for the characters,” Maslany tells EW exclusively. “The show was such a visual kind of gimmick, in a way, to have multiple versions of me in the same frame. It feels like a natural extension of it to do something that’s audio-based. So much of the work we were doing on the clones was vocally how they were different, and the joy of having one voice do multiple different accents and idiosyncrasies and all of that. It made sense to me to extend the story through the audio world.”
According to Maslany, fans can expect to meet new clones, even badder bad guys, and lots of surprises around every corner when the first episode drops in September.
“There’s a lot of new characters, including new clones and the people in their lives, and people who are again trying to kind of control and manipulate them,” she says. “So there’s a whole new cast of characters.”
In an exclusive clip narrated by the Emmy-winning actress, fans are introduced to an unaware clone named Vivi Valdez. Maslany sets up the audio with insight into character, including what she’ll be up to.
“Vivi is an unaware clone, which has been kind of a recurring theme throughout the series: clones who don’t know they’re clones and discovering their identities,” Maslany explains. “She grew up with this sense that there were other girls who looked like her, and she thought they were imaginary friends. There’s this narrative that she sort of has repurposed in her head to be like, ‘Oh, those are imaginary friends that I was seeing.’ Her psychiatrist and her parents forced that idea on her. So when she first starts to see adult women that look like her, and Charlotte, and all of these other people, it puts that story of her childhood in stark contrast with what the truth is and she has to reevaluate it. Not only is she investigating this massive explosion that happened, she’s also picking through the part of her own identity and her own life story.”
The first episode of Orphan Black: The Next Chapter will be released via the Serial Box app Sept. 12, with a new episode following each week. After episode 5, there will be a midseason hiatus, and the remaining episodes will be released starting in October.
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I’ve added new photos of Tatiana from Network as well as from the closing night party. Enjoy all the pretties!
Press: ‘Orphan Black’ Storyline Continues With Tatiana Maslany Voicing New Audio Series for Serial Box
Attention, Clone Club: “Orphan Black” is getting a post-TV afterlife.
Temple Street Productions, the production company behind the sci-fi thriller, inked a deal with premium digital fiction startup Serial Box to create a brand-new installment, “Orphan Black: The Next Chapter” — continuing the story of the clone sisterhood and their allies (and enemies) after the end of the TV show.
Tatiana Maslany, the Emmy-winning star of “Orphan Black” who portrayed 14 different clones on the show, is on board to voice the new episodes. The 10-episode series will be available later this summer in audiobook and text formats exclusively from Serial Box. Boat Rocker Studios, the parent of Temple Street, is an investor in Serial Box.
“Orphan Black” ran for five seasons on BBC America in the U.S. and Canada’s Space. In the TV series finale, the full list of 274 female Leda clones is revealed — prompting Cosima, one of the original Clone Club members, and her companion Delphine to embark on a quest to inoculate them against the respiratory disease the clones are susceptible to.
According to Temple Street and Serial Box, “The Next Chapter” is the official continuation of the Orphan Black story, set eight years in the future from where season 5 left off and features the same characters, all voiced by Maslany. The companies aren’t sharing additional plot details but said “#cophine” — a reference to Cosima and Delphine — “definitely plays a big part in the story.”
Serial Box has enlisted a new writing team for “Orphan Black: The Next Chapter.” It has signed Malka Older as the showrunner and Mishell Baker, Lindsay Smith, Heli Kennedy, Madeline Ashby and E.C. Myers as series writers. The writers’ room approach, according to the company, lets it release serialized fiction five times faster than a traditional book.
“We are delighted to be able to extend the Orphan Black franchise through this new and innovative partnership with Serial Box,” Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier, Boat Rocker’s co-executive chairmen and executive producers of “Orphan Black,” said in a joint statement. “Orphan Black’s devoted fans will now get more of what they love on this exciting listening and reading platform.”
Serial Box patterns its service on traditional TV shows, with new episodes (chapters) of its serialized stories released every week in “seasons” that typically run 10-16 weeks. The first chapter is free; subsequent episodes cost $1.99 each or users can buy a season pass at an average price of $13.99.
The “Orphan Black” collaboration with Temple Street marks New York-based Serial Box’s second major entertainment partnership, after announcing a deal with Marvel Entertainment to create original stories based on Black Panther, Jessica Jones, Black Widow and Thor.
Separately, a TV series set in the “Orphan Black” universe — with a completely new story — is in the works at AMC Networks from Temple Street, Variety first reported earlier this year.
Captivating Tatiana Maslany celebrates 6 years online.. 6! (Well it was like last week but I haven’t been able to come online.) This was the very first fansite dedicated to Tatiana online and it’s still here and supporting her. I admire Tatiana so much. Not only is she a phenomenal actress but she is a wonderful role model and kind soul. She is my favorite actress and in my honest opinion, the true definition of an actor. I’m so grateful to Orphan Black for introducing her to us. In honor of being online for six years I’ve put up a new design on the site featuring rare photo session outtakes. I will add them to the site in the near future. I will also update the gallery tomorrow with a matching theme.
Thanks so much for visiting my little fansite for the last six years. I don’t know Tatiana. I’ve never been lucky enough to meet her, but if by chance she comes across my little fansite and reads this little blurb, I just want to say.. thank you. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with us and just being someone that we can all look up to.
I’ve added HD screencaps of Tatiana from Destroyer to the gallery. What did you think of the film? You can watch it on Hulu at the moment.
Former Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany is set for a lead role opposite Matthew Rhys in Perry Mason, HBO limited series from Team Downey.
Written and executive produced by Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald, who also will showrun, the reimagined Perry Mason is set in 1932 Los Angeles. While the rest of the country recovers from the Great Depression, this city is booming! Oil! Olympic Games! Talking Pictures! Evangelical Fervor! And a child kidnapping gone very, very wrong! Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, this limited series follows the origins of American Fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer, Perry Mason (Rhys). When the case of the decade breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself.
Maslany will play Sister Alice, a rare sight – the leader of the Radiant Assembly of God, preaching three sermons a day (21 a week!) to a hungry congregation and a radio audience that spans the country. Entertainer, politician, God’s conduit to the City of Angels, Sister Alice wields great power when she speaks, and plans to use it in ways only she can know.
Robert and Susan Downey, who developed the project, executive produce along with Team Downey’s Amanda Burrell, and Joe Horaceck. Rhys produces. Tim Van Patten directs and executive produces.
Perry Mason brings together two recent lead actor in a drama series winners — Rhys won in 2018 for The Americans; Maslany won in 2016 for Orphan Black.
Maslany also earned two Critics’ Choice awards and Golden Globe and SAG award nominations for her portrayal of various clones on the BBC America seres. She is currently making her Broadway debut in Ivo van Hove’s Network alongside Bryan Cranston and Tony Goldwyn.
On the film side, Maslany was recently seen in Destroyer alongside Nicole Kidman and will next be seen in a starring role opposite Jay Duplass in the upcoming film Pink Wall, directed by Tom Cullen.
Maslany is repped by ICM Partners and The Characters Talent Agency.
I’ve finally gotten around to adding HD screencaps of Tatiana from the short film Souls of Totality. Sorry for the delay. Things just kept piling up and the film just kept getting pushed back on my todo list. Anyhow, enjoy the screencaps. Big thanks to my friend Milane for her help.
Tatiana was in attendance at SXSW this week promoting Pink Wall. I’ve added some photos of her at the event and some portraits. I will add more in the near future. My time online is a bit limited because I am in the middle of moving. I will add all missing images to the site once I am settled.
Tatiana was on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Check out her interview below and photos in the gallery. Enjoy!