Filming in Vancouver: Miranda Sings, Riverdale, Janelle Monáe, Steve Carrell, and more

Gasp! Singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe is scheduled to come to Vancouver to star in an untitled movie directed by Robert Zemeckis.

This week, a stoner-gamer movie and TV show about a talentless geek wrap up their shows. But there’s more on the horizon, with two new TV series coming, along with a feature film.

(That includes some news about changes for the cast of Riverdale for Season 2.)

Curious? Well, let’s take a peek at what’s happening in Hollywood North this week and in the weeks to come.

For starters, it’s game over for Game Over, Man! The action-comedy Netflix flick wraps up production tomorrow (June 6), after starting back on April 12.


The Workaholics trio—Adam Devine, Anders Holm, and Blake Anderson—star as three friends who are about to sign a huge financial deal for the funding of their video game when their investor is kidnapped by terrorists.

The cast also includes Jere Burns (Justified) and Mac Brandt (Kingdom).

It’s directed by Kyle Newacheck (also of Workaholics fame) and produced by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and more.

It won’t be released until April 20, 2018 but in the meantime, there’s this to whet your appetite.

Better Things is in town for one week shooting one episode for its second season. The TV series, created by Pamela Adlon and comedian Louis C.K., started filming on June 1 and wraps up on Wednesday (June 7).

Better Things

The comedy-drama TV series follows the challenges a single mother (played by Adlon) faces as a working actress in Hollywood who is also raising three girls on her own. (Unfortunately, she hasn’t found her Mr. Brady—yet.)

Colleen Ballinger plays Miranda Sings

Meanwhile, Miranda Sings is at the end of her song—for Season 2.

Haters Back Off completes production today (June 5), having started back on April 13.

The series is based on the YouTube character Miranda Sings (created by and played by Colleen Ballinger), and explores the family life of the undertalented, hyperconfident, socially inept gal as she fumbles her way toward stardom.

The much less lipstick challenged Colleen Ballinger.

The cast also includes Steve Little, Angela Kinsey, Erik Stocklin, and Francesca Reale.

Luckily for fans in town, Ballinger recently performed on stage in Vancouver as Miranda Sings on May 6.


Although those two production are leaving town, as for other upcoming projects coming to this city, there’s a lot to look forward.

The TV series Six will commence shooting its second season on July 17 and continue until November 23.

The action-drama series follows U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six on a secret mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan but face complications when their team leader is captured by a terrorist group. They put aside their differences to locate their troop leader, but along the way, they discover an American citizen working with terrorists.


The cast includes Barry Sloane, Kyle Schmid, Juan Pablo Raba, Edwin Hodge, Brianne Davis, Nadine Velazquez, Dominic Adams, and Walton Goggins.

The series filmed in North Carolina and California for Season 1 but, luckily for us, it’s relocating to Vancouver for Season 2.


Another TV series gearing up to shoot its second season will be Riverdale.

The teen drama will start production on June 22 and run all the way until March 21, 2018.

As a reality-based adaptation of the traditionally wholesome classic comicbook, Riverdale takes the characters of Archie and recasts them in a much, much darker (and more mature) light.

The series stars KJ Apa as Archie, Lili Reinhart as Betty, and Camila Mendes as Veronica.

Ashleigh Murray

The cast also includes Marisol Nichols, Madelaine Petsch, Ashleigh Murray, and Mädchen Amick.

But there’s some casting news and switch-a-roos to take note of for this upcoming season.

Casey Cott

Two recurring characters have been promoted to series regulars for the second season: Skeet Ulrich (Law & Order: LA), who plays the mysterious father of Jughead (Cole Sprouse), and Casey Cott, who plays the openly gay Kevin Keller.

(Ulrich has also been in Vancouver shooting the TV movie I Am Elizabeth Smart.)

Skeet Ulrich

Mark Consuelos will join the cast and debut as Veronica’s father.

Meanwhile, Charles Melton will take over the character of Reggie from Ross Butler (who is working on the TV series 13 Reasons Why).

Charles Melton

The series has also included some familiar faces from former teen shows from the 1980s, including Luke Perry (Beverly Hills, 90210), Robin Givens (Head of the Class), and Molly Ringwald (Pretty in Pink).

Luke Perry

In other news, an Untitled Robert Zemeckis Project will shoot in town from August 14 to September 28.

It’s based on the 2010 documentary Marwencol, in which a man builds a miniature Second World War village as a therapeutic means to help him recover from a brutal assault.

Janelle Monáe

The productions will bring along some notable names to star in it, including Janelle Monáe (Hidden Figures), Steve Carrell (Foxcatcher), Leslie Mann (The Bling Ring), Eiza González (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series).

Steve Carrell

While we wait for those productions to arrive, there’l be plenty of other ones coming and going form the streets of Hollywood North so be sure to check back in with us again for more updates.

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