Charlotte Plays ‘Banshee’ in New Cinemax Series
The upcoming Cinemax series Banshee is currently filming in and around Charlotte, North Carolina, as production crews have recently been reported at various locations and excitement for the new show from the creator of HBO’s megahit True Blood builds.
The 10-episode action drama is executive produced by Alan Ball (True Blood, Six Feet Under) and Greg Yaitanes (House, Lost).
The show centers on an ex-convict and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, PA, where he continues his criminal activities even as he’s being hunted by the shadowy gangsters he had betrayed years earlier.
Earlier this year, HBO confirmed that Ball will step down as showrunner of True Blood after the current fifth season.
The cast includes the Disney Channel’s Lili Simmons (Geek Charming, Zeke and Luther), who is shedding her kid-friendly image as a local amish girl by day, who is also a sexually adventerous party girl by night, according to TV Line.
BANSHEE stars Antony Starr (“Rush”) as Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pa., where he continues hiscriminal activities, even as he’s hunted by the shadowy gangsters he betrayed years earlier.
The new series also stars Ivana Milicevic (“Charlie’s Angels,” HBO’s “Mind of the Married Man”) as Carrie Hopewell, a notorious jewel thief who now lives in Banshee under an assumed identity with her new family, who know nothing of her past; Ulrich Thomsen (“The Celebration”) as Proctor, an intimidating, wealthy local businessman who believes he is above the law; Frankie Faison (“The Good Wife,” HBO’s “The Wire”) as Sugar Bates, a wise, powerful former boxer and ex-con who now owns the local watering hole; Rus Blackwell (“Burn Notice,” HBO’s “Recount”) as Gulf War hero Gordon Hopewell, Banshee’s district attorney, who is married to Carrie; Ryann Shane (“Blue Bloods”) as Deva Hopewell, Carrie and Gordon’s rebellious daughter; and Ben Cross (“Star Trek,” “Ben Hur”) as Mr. Rabbit, a ruthless Ukrainian gangster who has been hunting Lucas and Carrie, his former top thieves, for 15 years.
The series is executive produced by Alan Ball (HBO’s “True Blood” and “Six Feet Under”), Greg Yaitanes (“House,” “Lost”), Peter Macdissi (“Towelhead,” HBO’s “Six Feet Under”), Jonathan Tropper (author of the New York Times bestseller “This Is Where I Leave You”) and David Schickler (author of “Kissing in Manhattan” and “Sweet and Vicious”).
The scripts were conceived and written by Tropper and Schickler. Emmy®-winner Yaitanes directs, with additional directors including Dean White (ABC’s Once Upon a Time), S.J. Clarkson (Showtime’s Dexter), and Danish filmmaker Ole Madsen. .
BANSHEE is the latest primetime drama series to be added to the upcoming CINEMAX slate, which also includes season two of “Strike Back,” starring Sullivan Stapleton and Philip Winchester, and “Hunted,” starring Melissa George.
HBO-owned Cinemax began production on Banshee in and around Charlotte, NC in May.
The show will debut on Cinemax in 2013.