Chicago Fire alum Mena Suvari has been cast as the lead in WE TV’s second original drama series South of Hell, TVWise has learned.
South Of Hell is set in Charleston, South Carolina – the most possessed city in the world – and follows 30-year-old exorcist Maria Abascal (Mena Suvari), who wrestles demons for a living. Especially Abigail, the one that lives within her and feeds on damned souls. She has violated the laws of hell to live on earth—and live on, inside Maria. Now, as they work as one, Maria will discover how personal her battle with evil has become and how far Abigail will go to protect them both.
In addition to Mena Suvari, South Of Hell also stars Zachary Booth as David Abascal, Maria’s brother; Bill Irwin as Enos Abascal, Maria and David’s father; Drew Moerlein as Dusty, Maria’s handsome neighbour; Lamman Rucker as Reverend Elijah Bledsoe; Paulina Singer as Grace, Reverend Bledsoe’s daughter; Lydia Hearst as Charlotte Roberts, a southern belle oozing sex appeal; Slate Holmgren as Sweetmouth, a major drug dealer; and Lauren Velez as Tetra, Maria and David’s spiritual informant.
“As we forge a path in scripted programming, we are committed to telling great stories featuring complex characters that our viewers can connect with,” said Marc Juris, President of WE TV. “‘South of Hell’ is a supernatural thriller that offers audiences a fresh and contemporary take on this genre – one that’s becoming increasingly popular. Led by the amazing Mena Suvari, our talented and diverse cast will bring this story to life.”
South Of Hell marks WE TV’s second original drama series, following on from The Divide which premiered over the Summer. The 8 episode series was created by Matt Lambert and is being produced by Sonar Entertainment and Blumhouse Productions. The executive producers are Jason Blum, Gerard Bocaccio, Stewart Till, Stein, Eli Roth and James Manos, Jr, who also serves as showrunner. Roth will also direct the opening episode.