Sky1 is adding to the cast of Jamestown.
Raoul Trujillo (Neverland, Da Vinci’s Demons). Kalani Queypo (The Royal Tenebaums, Saints & Strangers) and Roseanne Supernault (Blackstone, The Drive) have boarded the eight episode period drama, which hails from Downton Abbey production company Carnival Films, TVWise has learned.
Jamestown charts the early days of the first British settlers as they embark on their lives in America. The series is set in 1619 in an all-male frontier town that’s been without women for 10 years and tells the story of Jocelyn, Alice and Verity, three women who enter this ruthless, male dominated town.
Their unknown future husbands have paid for their passage across the ocean, and the female arrivals send tremors of anticipation, excitement and trepidation throughout the settlement. It is a dangerous place where each day brings new adventures and challenges to overcome. The courageous heroines learn that they need to use their wit and guile in order to survive, battling inhospitable wilderness, hardship of the town and suspicious indigenous people to achieve the new lives they want. The natural balance of an all-male environment is shaken up, inciting love triangles, bitter rivalries and fierce competition.
Raoul Trujillo has been cast as tribal chief Opechancanough; Kalani Queypo will play Pamunkey warrior Chacrowl and Roseanne Supernault has been set as Matachanna, an Appomattock woman. The trio are the latest additions to a cast that also includes Naomi Battrick (Crossing Lines, Stonemouth), Sophie Rundle (Brief Encounters, Peaky Blinders) and Niamh Walsh (Jekyll & Hyde, Holby City).
From Lark Rise To Candleford and The Paradise scribe Bill Gallagher, Jamestown was green-lit at Sky1 back in April as part of the channel’s commitment to producing original drama year-round. The project is set up at Carnival Films, who are also behind Sky1’s Lucky Man. Sue de Beauvoir is the series producer, while Gareth Neame, Nigel Marchant and Richard Fell are executive producing. Filming is now underway for a 2017 premiere. NBCUniversal International Distribution will handle global sales.