TORONTO — Stars like Matt Dillon, Juliette Lewis, Terrence Howard and Melissa Leo are in B.C. to start work Monday on a new drama series from famed director M. Night Shyamalan.
Production of Wayward Pines, a 10-part Fox series set to debut next year, is scheduled to take place until February.
Interior scenes will be filmed in Burnaby but exteriors will be shot in Agassiz, about 90 minutes east of Vancouver. Part of the community’s Pioneer Avenue will stand-in as the titular (and fictional) Idaho town’s main street.
Shyamalan, whose films include The Sixth Sense and Signs, will direct all 10 episodes.
Dillon plays Ethan Burke, a Secret Service agent who arrives in Wayward Pines to investigate the disappearance of two federal agents. He’s involved in an accident and wakes up in the bucolic town’s hospital with no ID or cell phone.
Burke finds himself caught up in more mysteries than he counted on and unable to connect with his wife (Shannyn Sossamon) and son (Charlie Tahan) back home.
Leo (The Fighter) plays a nurse who cares of Burke and Toby Jones (The Hunger Games) is Dr. Jenkins, the psychiatrist who treats him.
Howard (The Butler) plays Sheriff Pope and Lewis (Natural Born Killers) has been cast as the town’s bartender Beverly.
The cast also includes Carla Gugino (Political Animals) as Kate Hewson, Burke’s ex-partner at the Secret Service and Tim Griffin (Covert Affairs) as Burke’s boss.
Wayward Pines is based on the novel Pines by Blake Crouch, who has said the story was inspired by the ’90s TV series Twin Peaks. It’s been adapted for television by Chad Hodge (The Playboy Club).