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.
Press: ‘Orphan Black’ Storyline Continues With Tatiana Maslany Voicing New Audio Series for Serial Box
Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany will make her Broadway debut this November opposite Bryan Cranston in Network, director Ivo Van Hove’s take on Paddy Chayefsky’s great Oscar-winning 1976 film.
Maslany will play Diana Christensen, the icy network executive so memorably performed by Faye Dunaway in the movie. (She won a Best Actress Oscar for the role). Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery played the character when the play premiered in London last year.
The casting was announced today by producers David Binder, the National Theatre, Patrick Myles, David Luff, Ros Povey and Lee Menzies. Network is presented in association with Dean Stolber. Additional casting will be announced shortly.
Network begins performances Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Belasco Theatre (not the Cort Theatre, as previously planned). Official opening date is Thursday, Dec. 6.
Maslany, who won a 2016 Emmy Award for her lead role in BBC America’s Orphan Black, is currently featured in Destroyer, the Nicole Kidman-starrer premiering at the Toronto Film Festival (theatrical release set for Dec. 25). She also appeared opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in Stronger, and made her New York stage debut earlier this summer in Second Stage Theater’s Off Broadway production of Mary Page Marlowe.
Network, which stars Cranston as the mad-as-hell newsman Howard Beale, world premiered at London’s National Theatre last November. Van Hove directs from Lee Hall’s adaptation of the Chayefsky film. Jan Versweyveld, Van Hove’s longtime collaborator, is the scenic and lighting designer.
Maslany is represented by ICM and The Characters Talent Agency.
Stars of stage and screen are getting ready to don their best threads for a big night out at the theater.
On Wednesday, a star-studded list of actors who will be taking the stage at the 2018 Tony Awards was announced. The 72nd annual award show, which celebrates the finest talent from the theater world, will see Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black), Matt Bomer (The Boys in the Band revival), Claire Danes (Homeland), Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), former Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr., The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto (The Boys in the Band), and Girls actor Andrew Rannells will all participate in the festivities on Broadway’s biggest night.
Nominations for the 2018 Tonys were revealed earlier in May, with the Broadway adaptations of Tina Fey’s hit comedy Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical leading the pack with 12 nominations each. Other likely big winners on the night include the two-part play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which scored 10 nominations, and the two-part revival of Angels in America, which received 11.
Hosted by Sara Bareilles (Waitress) and Josh Groban (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812), the 2018 Tony Awards will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on June 10 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Second Stage Theater (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director; Casey Reitz, Executive Director) has announced complete casting for the New York Premiere of Tracy Letts’ acclaimed play, Mary Page Marlowe, directed by Lila Neugebauer. David Aaron Baker and Nick Dillenburg will complete the cast featuring Blair Brown, Kayli Carter, Audrey Corsa, Marcia DeBonis, Ryan Foust, Tess Frazer, Emma Geer, Grace Gummer, Mia Sinclair Jenness, Brian Kerwin, Tatiana Maslany, Kellie Overbey, Susan Pourfar, Maria Elena Ramirez, Elliot Villar, and Gary Wilmes.
Tickets are now on sale to the general public at http://2ST.com or by calling the Second Stage Box Office at 212-246-4422, open Sunday-Friday 12pm-6pm and Saturday 12pm-7pm. Mary Page Marlowe will begin previews on June 19, 2018 at the Tony Kiser Theater (305 West 43rd street) and will officially open on July 12.
If you looked back on eleven moments from your life, would you recognize yourself, or would you see a stranger? Mary Page Marlowe is a seemingly ordinary accountant from Ohio who has experienced pain and joy, success and failure. In this sweeping but intimate play, Tracy Letts gives us a haunting portrait of a complex woman, demonstrating how a series of forgotten moments can add up to one memorable life.
Ms. Brown, Ms. Geer, Ms. Jenness, Ms. Maslany, Ms. Overbey and Ms. Pourfar will portray the title character at different points in her life. Ms. Brown originated her role in the world premiere Steppenwolf production in 2016.
MARY PAGE MARLOWE will feature scenic design by Laura Jellinek, costume design by Kaye Voyce, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau, sound design by Brandon Wolcottand casting by Telsey + Company. Lead production support is provided by Gina Maria Leonetti.
This production marks Mr. Letts’ return to Second Stage Theater, which produced the New York premiere of his play, Man from Nebraska, directed by David Cromer, last winter.
Subscriptions with Mary Page Marlowe are currently available beginning at $395, including Straight White Men and 4 soon-to-be-announced productions in the 18-19 Season. For subscription and ticket information, please visit 2ST.com or call the Second Stage Subscriber Services at 212-246-4422.
David Aaron Baker (Ray) previously appeared at Second Stage in Oblivion Postponed (1995). Broadway: The Merchant of Venice, A Raisin In The Sun, The Rainmaker,Once Upon A Mattress, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Moliere Comedies, White Liars/Black Comedy, The Flowering Peach. Off-Broadway: Christopher Durang’s Why Torture is Wrong…(Public), Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Playwrights Horizons), Neil Simon’s Rose’s Dilemma, Craig Lucas’ Blue Window, Christopher Durang’s Durang Durang (MTC), Rebecca Gilman’s The Glory of Living (MCC), A.R. Gurney’s Ancestral Voices (Lincoln Center), John Guare’s Bosoms and Neglect (Signature), Sarah Ruhl’s Dear Elizabeth (Women’s Project). In addition to stage work, Baker has appeared in numerous films, under the direction of eminent filmmakers including Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Rob Reiner, Lasse Hallström, David Mamet, Martin Campbell, James Mangold, and twice with Woody Allen. He has appeared on dozens of television shows including “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “The Deuce,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Homeland,” “Orange Is the New Black,” “The Leftovers,” several episodes of “Law & Order,” and the television film of “The Music Man.” David is also an award-winning narrator of more than 50 audiobooks. Education: The Juilliard School, University of Texas-Austin, Illinois State University.
Nick Dillenburg (Ed Marlowe) is making his Second Stage debut. Broadway: The Real Thing with Ewan McGregor (u/s Billy/Brodie). Off-Broadway: Teenage Dick (The Public Theater), Henry V in Into the Hazard: Henry 5 (Walkerspace), Hater with Merritt Wever (Ohio Theatre). On TV, Nick can be seen as CO Blake in seasons 4-6 of “Orange Is the New Black.” Other TV: “Blue Bloods,” “Person of Interest,” “Elementary,” and “Law and Order.”
Former Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany, Diego Luna (Narcos) and Emile Hirsch (The Chinese Widow) have joined the third and final season of Netflix’s Emmy-winning original series DreamWorks Trollhunters, from Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro.
The join the returning cast from seasons one and two that includes Kelsey Grammer as Blinky, Mark Hamill (Dictatious), Lena Headey (Morgana), David Bradley (Merlin), Ron Perlman (Bular), Steven Yeun (Steve), Anjelica Huston (Queen Ursurna), Jonathan Hyde (Strickler), Amy Landecker (Barbara), Charlie Saxton (Toby), Lexi Medrano (Claire) and Fred Tatasciore (AAARRRGGHH!!!).
Maslany and Luna will voice Aja and Krel, two mysterious new students who unknowingly come to the aid of the Trollhunters team in the fight against Morgana. The duo will also reprise their roles and serve as the leads of the next installment in the Tales of Arcadia trilogy, DreamWorks 3 Below, set to debut on Netflix later this year.
Hirsch takes on the role of Jim Lake, Jr., originally voiced by the late Anton Yelchin. Yelchin completed his work on the first two seasons and a considerable portion of season three before his unexpected passing in 2016. Del Toro and his creative team found a unique way to incorporate a voice transition organic to the story and create a path for Hirsch, a dear friend of Yelchin’s ,to carry on his legacy and role. Yelchin’s performance has been left intact where possible and some portions have been merged with Hirsch’s performance to complete season three, according to Netflix and DreamWorks.
DreamWorks Trollhunters is created and executive produced by del Toro with Marc Guggenheim (Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow), Rodrigo Blaas (Alma), Chad Hammes (Dragons: Race to the Edge) and Christina Steinberg (Rise of the Guardians) serving as executive producers. Dan Hageman (The Lego Movie, Ninjago) and Kevin Hageman (The Lego Movie, Ninjago) serveas co-executive producers.
The series features a tale of two fantastical worlds that collide in an epic saga. Set in the fictional suburb of Arcadia, our unlikely hero, Jim, and his two best friends make a startling discovery that beneath their hometown lies a hidden battle between good trolls and bad, the outcome of which impacts their lives forever.
In DreamWorks Trollhunters Part 3 the fate of troll and human civilizations hang in the balance. The Trollhunters are racing to stop Gunmar and the now resurrected Morgana from bringing about the Eternal Night and shrouding the world in darkness forever. To defeat them, the team must seek the help of the legendary wizard Merlin to unlock his ancient magic and unleash a powerful weapon that will alter the course of their lives forever.
Premiering in 2016 to critical acclaim, Trollhunters introduced audiences to the seemingly quiet town of Arcadia and an ordinary kid who embarks on an extraordinary adventure in a hidden world right beneath his feet. The first season lead the 2017 Creative Arts Daytime Emmys with six wins, including writing for an animated program (Marc Guggenheim), directing (Rodrigo Blaas, del Toro), casting (Ania O’Hare, Mary Hildalgo) and a voice acting win for Grammer. The second season received four nominations for the 2018 Creative Arts Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Children’s Animated Series.
The Emmy-winning ‘Orphan Black’ lead will make her New York stage debut in the off-Broadway production this summer.
Tatiana Maslany has been cast in the off-Broadway premiere of Tracy Letts’ Mary Page Marlowe, marking the Emmy-winning Orphan Black star’s New York theatrical debut.
The expansive but intimate new play by Letts, a Pulitzer and Tony winner for August: Osage County, examines the life of the title character, a seemingly ordinary Ohio accountant, through forgotten moments of pain and joy, success and failure. Maslany will be one of five actresses playing the protagonist at different points in her life, with the remaining cast to be announced.
Reviewing the play for The New York Times in its 2016 premiere at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Charles Isherwood called it “exquisite,” describing the work as a “haunting, elliptical drama about the evolutions, reversals and resurrections in a woman’s life.”
Directed by Lila Neugebauer, who drew unanimous praise last season for her staging of Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves, the Second Stage Theater production will begin previews June 19 at the company’s Tony Kiser Theater, with opening night set for July 12. Neugebauer currently is represented off-Broadway with her production of Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo for Signature Theatre.
Maslany had previously planned to make her New York stage debut starring opposite Thomas Sadoski in the 2015 off-Broadway premiere of Neil LaBute’s The Way We Get By, which also was produced by Second Stage. But scheduling conflicts forced her to withdraw from that production, with Amanda Seyfried stepping into the role.
An experienced stage performer in her native Canada, Maslany recently was seen onscreen opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in Stronger; her upcoming film projects include Pink Wall with Jay Duplass, and Destroyer, in which she appears alongside Nicole Kidman.
Maverick Spirit Award Event: Tatiana Maslany and Tom Cullen with Souls of Totality
Event includes a moderated conversation with Tatiana Maslany and Tom Cullen, award presentation, and expanded conversation on their new film Souls of Totality.
This World Premiere is part of the Maverick Spirit Awards Event with Tatiana Maslany and Tom Cullen
Starring Tatiana Maslany and Tom Cullen, Souls of Totality is about the sacrifices we make, the things we don’t say, and love’s supernatural ability to conquer all. Guy 3 and Lady 18 have a secret. They are members of a cult which believes that during the Great American Eclipse their recently deceased souls will be taken to paradise via an astral gate only open during a total eclipse. But that’s not the secret… They are also profoundly in love. But on the morning of the eclipse, Lady 18 is chosen to stay behind and gather a new family of souls before the next eclipse. As the seconds tick down to totality, she is faced with an impossible decision; fulfill her sworn duty or fight to stay with the man she loves.
Date: Thu, Mar 8 7:30 PM
Place: California Theatre, San Jose
Tickets: Buy Tickets Here
Tatiana Maslany and Mary Elizabeth Winstead are the frontrunners for the female lead in Gemini Man, an action movie to star Will Smith.
Ang Lee is directing the movie, which hails from Skydance and Paramount.
Smith is playing two roles in the unique actioner. One is that of Henry, an aging assassin who wants to get out of the business but finds himself in a battle with the ultimate opponent: his clone, who is 25 years younger and at the peak of his abilities.
Clive Owen, meanwhile, is in talks to play the head of the cloning program, one of the villains of the movie, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
Maslany and Winstead have read and are testing for the role of Danny, an operative who works for the same company as Henry and is tasked to surveil him. However, she soon teams up with him. Elizabeth Debicki (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) is also in the running for the female lead.
A decision for the part will be made soon as the movie is eying a February start with an international shoot that would include locations ranging from Savannah, Georgia to Budapest, Hungary.
Maslany is the award-winning actress who starred in her own clone project, Orphan Black. She starred with Jake Gyllenhaal in the drama Stronger.
Winstead is coming off a turn in season three of FX’s acclaimed Fargo.
Tatiana Maslany won’t be striking a Pose.
Earlier Wednesday, FX officially announced a series order for Ryan Murphy’s Pose, which features the most trans series regulars ever on an American television show. But noticeably absent from the release was Maslany, who had previously been cast as a modern dance teacher who develops a relationship with Damon (Ryan Jamaal Swain).
Now the network has confirmed that the Orphan Black star has exited the drama, with the role having been “reconceived and rewritten to be a 50-year-old African-American woman.” This has led to the casting of ER and Law & Order: SVU alum Charlayne Woodard.
Maslany recently wrapped her five-season, Emmy-winning run on Orphan Black, in which she starred as more than 10 different clone characters. Meanwhile, in addition to joining Pose, Woodard is set to reprise her Unbreakable role as the mother of Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) in M. Night Shyamalan’s 2019 sequel Glass.
Pose will premiere on FX in the summer of 2018.