Filming in Vancouver: Orlando Bloom, Riverdale, The Good Doctor, Supergirl, The Flash, and more

Orlando Bloom

Okay, so this is where things start to get really hectic.

A ginormous slew of TV series, which wrapped up last year or earlier this year, are now heading back to town to start filming their next season.

There’s everything in the mix that you can think of: dramas, sci-fi, superheroes, and more.

As if that’s not enough, two feature film productions are getting underway today as we speak.

Since we’ve got a lot to get through in this week’s roundup of what’s going in Vancouver’s screen scene, let’s get to it.

Freida Pinto

Up first are two feature films.

The first one is sci-fi drama Needle in a Timestack.

It’s an adaptation of a Robert Silverberg short story about a couple trying to keep their marriage together in a world where time travel is possible and the present and future are constantly changing.

Leslie Odom Jr.

Directed by John Ridley, it started filming today (June 18) and continues until July 24.

And with it will come a star-studded cast including Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean), Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), Leslie Odom Jr. (Murder on the Orient Express), and Cynthia Erivo (who also stars in the recently Vancouver-shot Bad Times at the El Royale). 

Orlando Bloom

Also underway today is the feature film Timmy Failure, which continues until July 27.

Directed by Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), it’s an adaptation of the children’s book by Stephen Pastis about an 11-year-old boy who believes he is the best detective in town runs an agency called Total Failures with his imaginary friend, a 1,200-pound polar bear.

The cast hasn’t been announced for this one yet so we’ll have to wait and see who’s starring in it.

Now, on to a whole swarm of TV series heading back to town in the near future.

Freddie Highmore

After a hugely successful first season, it’s no surprise that The Good Doctor is coming back to shoot Season 2 here from June 27 to February 12.

The medical drama stars Freddie Highmore (who previously starred in Bates Motel, which was also shot here) as an extraordinarily gifted young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome who relocates from a Wyoming smalltown to the prestigious St. Bonaventure Hospital in San Jose.

Meanwhile, a number of superhero TV series are also back on the block.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will start shooting Season 4 from July 5 and continue on until January 24.

This time around, there are some cast changes in the works to take note of.

Matt Ryan

The good news is that Matt Ryan as occult detective John Constantine (originally from the now-cancelled series Constantine), and Jes Macallan as Time Bureau agent Ava Sharpe have both been promoted to series regulars for the fourth season.

Unfortunately, Keiynan Lonsdale (Love, Simon) will no longer be a series regular as Wally West/Kid Flash.

However, he’s not gone for good as Lonsdale, who crossed over from The Flash to Legends in Season 3, will be back on The Flash as part of its Season 5 premiere.

Grant Gustin

And that provides a perfect set-up to mention that The Flash, starring Grant Gustin in the titular role, will start film Season 5 from July 6 all the way to April 10.

Melissa Benoist

Meanwhile, Supergirl, starring Melissa Benoist as Superman’s cousin, will also be back to save the day. Season 4 of the series will be shot from July 11 to April 15.

For Season 4, Jesse Rath has been promoted to series regular as Braniac 5.

Jeremy Jordan

However, Jeremy Jordan, who plays Winn Schott, will shift from a series regular to a recurring role.


Another smash hit series based on comics, though of a different sort, is Riverdale.

This mature adaptation of the classic Archie comics will be here again to shoot Season 3, running from July 9 to April 19.

While Reggie hasn’t had much screentime in the first two seasons (he was first played by Ross Butler but was replaced by Charles Melton for Season 2), he’s been promoted to series regular for Season 3 so fans will be seeing a lot more of him in the near future.

Charles Melton

Season 3 is anticipated to premiere sometime this fall.

Thus far, there hasn’t been any word if there will be any crossovers between Riverdale and the new Sabrina the Teenage Witch series, which continues shooting its first season until December 5.

Romany Malco

Moving on to another drama (albeit one that’s not based on comics), A Million Little Things shot its pilot here back in March.

It looks like all went well as the series was greenlit to shoot its first season, which will take place from July 24 to December 12.

This family drama focuses on a group of intertwined friends from Boston whose all experiencing feeling stuck in their lives. But when one of them dies, it’s a wake-up call to all of them to start living their lives.

The cast includes Ron Livingston, Romany Malco, David Giuntoli, Allison Miller, Christina Moses, Christina Ochoa, James Roday, Stéphanie Szostak, and Lizzy Greene.

Stéphanie Szostak

Further down the road are two sci-fi TV series.

Snowpiercer, a home-screen adaptation of Bong Joon-ho’s movie (which, in turn, was based on a French graphic novel), shot its pilot here last September.

It, too, was approved and will shoot its first season from August 7 to December 21.

Jennifer Connelly

The cast includes Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs, Mickey Sumner, Susan Park, Benjamin Haigh, Sasha Frolova, Katie McGuinness, Alison Wright, and more.

The 100

Shortly after that one starts up, The 100 will be back in action to shoot its sixth season from August 15 to January 31.

This post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama follows a group of juvenile delinquents sent back to Earth, which had been devastated a century ago by nuclear war, to reinhabit the planet.

And if you’re reading this far, thank you—because that was a really long one to get through.

Luckily, that’s it for this week. We’ll have further details on these forthcoming shows closer to their production dates but there’ll be plenty of other stuff to discuss in the weeks to come in the meantime—as is always the case here in Hollywood North.

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