Production is now underway in Calgary on the new CBC original drama Fortunate Son. Set to premiere in winter 2020 on CBC and CBC Gem, casting was also revealed on Tuesday. Inspired by a true story and created by showrunner Andrew Wreggitt (Pure, Borealis), Fortunate Son is a spy drama set in the the social and political chaos of the late 1960s.
Kari Matchett (Covert Affairs, 2 Hearts) will play Ruby Howard, an American who flees to Canada as a fugitive from the law. Set in the chaos of the late 1960s, the Vietnam War and the anti-war protest movement, Ruby helps smuggle Vietnam War deserters and draft dodgers across the Canadian border. What she doesn’t know is how these actions will unfold and who is watching her. Darren Mann (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) will play Travis Hunter, a Vietnam war deserter whose troubled past follows him into Canada and into the lives of the Howard family. Stephen Moyer (True Blood, The Gifted) will also star as Vern Lang, a CIA agent.
Additional lead cast includes Kacey Rohl (Arrow, Hannibal), Rick Roberts (This Life, Designated Survivor), Patrick Gallagher (Night at the Museum, Glee), Ty Olsson (War for the Planet of the Apes, Supernatural), Alex Nachi (1991, Clash) and Zoé de Grand’Maison (Riverdale, Orphan Black).
“Fortunate Son takes us back to a period in Canadian history that we haven’t yet seen reflected dramatically on CBC, and given today’s sense of political and social unrest, now is the time to tell this story,” said Sally Catto, General Manager, Programming, CBC. “The series feels relevant and relatable to Canadians, and we look forward to watching the cast bring this gripping drama to life.”
“Fortunate Son is about espionage, political activism and love, loyalty and healing. The world seemed on the brink of cataclysm in 1968. Divisions between races, generations and sexes seemed irreparable,” says showrunner Andrew Wreggitt. “But there was also a sense of optimism, a belief that change was possible and everyone had a role to play. The world is still plagued by many of the same issues of 1968, but we see that same growing activism and drive for change today.”
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