Filming in Vancouver: Jason Momoa, The Man in the High Castle, First Nations feature, Child’s Play

Jason Momoa

Today’s a busy day as there are two feature films and two TV series all starting up production.

One film is an Indigenous supernatural mystery while the other is a remake of a 1980s slasher flick.

On the TV side of things, a new futuristic Apple TV series boots up while a parallel-universe series gets into its fourth season.

Here’s the rundown of what’s going in Vancouver’s screen scene this week.

Grace Dove

Up first, the First Nations feature film Monkey Beach, starts shooting today (September 17) and continues until October 12.

Filming will take place in Vancouver as well as on B.C.’s northern coast at Kitimat and Kitamaat Village.

Kitimat is where author Eden Robinson, of the Haisla and Heiltsuk Nations is from—the film, directed by Loretta Todd (Skye and Chang), is an adaptation of Robinson’s debut novel of the same name, which was released in 2000.

Nathaniel Arcand

The story follows Lisa Hill (Grace Dove), a young woman with the precognitive ability to foretell fatalities.

When she foresees the death of her younger brother Jimmy—and then he goes missing at sea under questionable circumstances, along with the town bully—Lisa sets out to save her brother.

The cast includes Nathaniel Arcand, Ta’Kaiya Blaney, Miika Bryce Whiskeyjack, Tina Lameman, Nick Dangeli, Zoey Snow, and Joel Oulette.

Ta’Kaiya Blaney

Meanwhile, a film of a very different nature also starts shooting today.

Child’s Play gets into production today and will run until November 8.

It’s a reboot of the 1980s horror-comedy franchise that revolved around a killer doll named Chucky.

Chucky from the 1988 movie Child’s Play

In the original films, Chucky was a doll possessed by the soul of a serial killer.

However, in this new version, Chucky is said to be eschewing the supernatural elements in favour of a technological update as a smart toy who is reprogrammed to be murderous by a suicidal factory worker in China.

The cast and release date haven’t been announced yet.

Jason Momoa

In the meantime, a brand new TV series starts shooting in town today.

Apple TV’s See gets into production on 10 episodes for Season 1 and continues until February 8, 2019.

Directed by Francis Laurence, details of this epic drama are limited but it will be set in a future in which all of humanity has gone blind.

Jason Momoa, who went from Game of Thrones to dive on to the big screen as Aquaman in Justice League, will play the warrior and leader Baba Voss.

The cast also includes Yadira Guevara-Prip, Nesta Cooper, Sylvia Hoeks, Archie Madekwe, and Alfre Woodard.

Alexa Davalos

A TV series returning to town for its fourth season is The Man in the High Castle, which starts production today and runs until February 28, 2019.

The Amazon series, based on the 1962 Philip K. Dick novel, is set in an alternate universe where the Axis Powers won the Second World War, and the U.S. is divided between Japan and Germany.

Luke Kleintank

The cast includes Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank, DJ Qualls, Rupert Evans, Chelah Horsdal, Arnold Chun, Joel de la Fuente, and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa.

However, the division between universes are beginning to blur, as the trailer for Season 3—which features a cover version of the U2 song “Pride (In the Name of Love)”—suggests.

While production on Season 4 is underway, Season 3 will be premiering on October 5.

The wait for that show may not long off, but in the meantime, we’ll have plenty of news of what else is shooting in Vancouver in the weeks to come so be sure to check back in with us for more updates from Hollywood North.

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