Filming in Vancouver: Charmed, Taraji P. Henson, Camilla Mendes, and more

Camilla Mendes

Something witchy this way comes.

Well, to be honest, they’ve been coming this way for some time now. But a new witch-themed TV series joins the growing collection of witchcrafty productions in Vancouver this week.

As there’s also an Indigenous food TV series and a feature film about coffee with a side of Kareem starting up, you may want to ensure you don’t read this on an empty stomach.

Plus, there’s a feature film starring one of the main cast members of Riverdale.

Check out what’s going on in Vancouver’s screen scene after the jump.

Ed Helms

The Netflix movie Coffee and Kareem kicks off filming today (April 22) and will continue until June 4

This police drama feature, directed by Canadian filmmaker Michael Dowse (Goon), stars Ed Helms (The Office) as a Detroit detective who, in a bid to clear his name, teams up with the 10-year-old son of his girlfriend, played by Taraji P. Henson (Empire), as he goes after the city’s most merciless criminal.

Taraji P. Henson

The rest of the cast and the release date are yet to be announced so we’ll have to wait to see who else is coming to town with this production.

Camilla Mendes

Meanwhile another feature film that’s getting underway today is Windfall, directed by Michael Scott (who directed episodes of the Vancouver-shot TV series Date My Dad).

Camilla Mendes, who also stars in the locally shot Riverdale TV series, will portray a young woman who abandons her medical profession dreams to support the ambitions of her husband as they struggle to achieve success in their lives.

However, when the couple finally reaches their goals, they find themselves as the main focus of a criminal investigation.

Like the previous project, we’ll have to wait for word on who else is cast in this film and when the release date is.

It’ll continue shooting until May 17.

Tracey Kim Bonneau

Shifting to TV series, here’s something to whet your appetite for something delectable coming to home screens.

The Indigenous show Quest Out West: Wild Food starts shooting 13 episodes for Season 3 today (April 22) and will continue until June 7.

Quest Out West: Wild Food

This Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) series follows host Tracey Kim Bonneau of the Sylix Nation (as known as the Okanagan Nation) who searches for healthy meals across British Columbia.

From the Okanagan to Vancouver Island, Bonneau sets off upon a new food-related adventure in each episode, drawing upon Indigenous culinary traditions and history.

The new season will air in early 2020.

Taylor Hickson

In other TV matters, over the past little while, Vancouver has rapidly become a haven for witches. Well, TV series featuring characters empowered with witchcraft, that is.

Motherland: Fort Salem starts shooting 10 one-hour episodes for Season 1 today (April 22) and will run until August 16.

Last year, the project filmed its TV pilot from July 9 to 26 in 2018 and was greenlit to become a full-fledged series.

The story is set in an alternate universe in which witches struck a deal with the U.S. government 300 years ago to end their persecution by pledging to use their supernatural abilities to fight for their country and defend it from terrorism and other threats.

Jessica Sutton

Lead actors include Taylor Hickson (Deadly Class), Jessica Sutton (The Kissing Booth), and newcomer Ashley Nicole Williams.

Other cast members include Amalia Holm, Demetria McKinney, Micheal Doonan, and Chiara Guzzo.

A teaser trailer released on March 5 gives a peek at what the series will be like.

Another witch-powered TV series, Charmed, will finish up shooting 22 episodes for Season 1 on Friday (April 26), after having started back on August 13.

This reboot of the series that ran from 1998 to 2006 follows three sisters who, after the death of their mother, discover that they are actually the Charmed Ones, or witches who possess special abilities that can help to protect humankind from evil forces.

Madeleien Mantock and Ser’Darius Blain in Charmed

The sisters are played by Madeleine Mantock, Melonie Diaz, and Sarah Jeffrey.

The cast also includes Ser’Darius Blain, Ellen Tamaki, Rupert Evans, and Nick Hargrove.

Rupert Evans

The series premiered in October 2018 and the finale is scheduled to air in the weeks to come.

There’s good news for fans: the story will continue on as the series was renewed for a second season so there’s more in store for these power-packed sisters.

Nick Hargrove

And, as always, there’ll be more in store to share with all of you readers in the weeks to come so be sure to check back in with us for more on what’s happening here in Hollywood North.

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