Filming in Vancouver: Harry and Meghan, Frankenstein, Motherland, and The Turning

Hey, is that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle? No, it’s Tiffany Marie Smith and Charlie Field in Harry and Meghan: Becoming Royal.

While last week was full of comings and goings, and although this week is a little calmer, there’s still plenty going on to chat about–with quite the cast of characters.

Although the Charmed reboot has been filming here, there’s a very different kind of witch-based TV series that’ll be coming to shoot in town.

Meanwhile, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle—or rather, the TV movie about them—will call it a wrap.

Elsewhere in the city, Frankenstein becomes a detective in a new adaptation of the classic tale.

And a horror feature will be zipping in to shoot only for a few days.

So if you want to know more about all of these shows, here’s the rundown of what’s going on in Vancouver’s screen scene this week.

Feature film

The feature film The Turning will be briefly filming from March 22 to 24, with production based in North Vancouver.

Mackenzie Davis

Directed by Canadian filmmaker Floria Sigismondi (The Runaways), who is best known for her work on music videos for musical acts from Rihanna and Sarah McLachlan to Sigur Rós and Marilyn Manson, this horror-drama is a contemporary adaptation of Henry James’ 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw.

The story revolves around a young governess Kate who is hired by a man to take care of his young nephew and niece after their parents die. After Kate arrives at the eerie estate in the Maine countryside, she finds that the children appear to be keeping dark secrets.

Joely Richardson

Vancouver’s Mackenzie Davis (Tully) plays Kate and the cast also includes Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince, Joely Richardson, and more.

Production began in Ireland in February, and the film is scheduled to be released on January 24, 2020.

TV series

While we may be in the midst of TV pilot season, a TV pilot that shot here last year got the greenlight to become a TV series and will be shooting here next month.

Taylor Hickson

Motherland: Fort Salem filmed its pilot last year from July 9 to 26.

Freeform approved the filming of 10 episodes for Season 1 from April 22 to August 16.

In this fantasy-drama series, witches have had a history of fighting for the United States for the past 300 years. Gender and power roles are flipped as women take to the frontlines to protect their country from threats using their supernatural abilities.

Jessica Sutton

The series will focus on three young women—played by Kelowna’s Taylor Hickson (who also stars in the locally shot Deadly Class), Jessica Sutton, and Amalia Holm—as go through basic training in combat magic to prepare for deployment.

TV pilot

The pilot for Alive, also known as Frankenstein, will shoot from Tuesday (March 19) to April 5.

This new reinterpretation takes the iconic monster yarn into police procedural territory.

Directed by Uta Briesewitz (Stranger Things), this story is set in San Francisco where a homicide detective is mysteriously resurrected after he’s killed on the job.

Saidah Arrika Ekulona

However, he’s not quite the same person he once was, and he and his wife seek the man who brought him back to life: Dr. Victor Frankenstein.

Thus far, the only cast member announced is Saidah Arrika Ekulona (Bull).

TV Movie

Although the sequel to the 2018 TV movie Harry and Meghan: A Royal Romance has been listed as untitled, it has also been referred to as Harry and Meghan: Becoming Royal in some news reports.

In any case, the TV movie about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle started filming in Vancouver on February 22 and will wrap on Friday (March 22).

Charlie Field

Charlie Field (Genius) will portray Prince Harry while Tiffany Marie Smith (Supernatural) will play Markle.

In this continuation of the regal love story, the couple adjusts to life in the Royal Family during their first year of marriage as they try to balance respect for royal traditions while following their own beliefs.

There’s good news for royal watchers: the wait to see the final product is not far off as the movie will debut sometime this spring.

Tiffany Marie Smith

But before that, we’ll have plenty more to chat about so be sure to visit us again and in the meantime, happy Vancouver-spotting on a screen near you.

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