Gilles Marini’s War Movie & Ashley Jones to ‘Diggstown’; Alum News
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Former daytime stars head to Showtime, ABC and the big screen.
Former soap opera stars continue to thrive outside of the world of daytime. Soaps.com has the latest roundup of casting information that includes new movies, guest-starring roles in Primetime and a recurring role on a new Showtime series for As the World Turns, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless alums.
Soap alum Julianne Moore (Frannie Hughes, As the World Turns; Carmen Engler, The Edge of Night) is set to star in the movie Mothertrucker. Based on writer and essayist Amy Butcher’s memoir, the film details Butcher’s friendship with Joy Mothertrucker, the only female ice road trucker (and Instagram star), and their experience navigating the deadliest road in America together. Moore will play Mothertrucker, while Jill Soloway (Transparent) will direct.
Ashley Jones (Bridget Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful; Parker Forsyth, General Hospital) has landed a guest starring role on the Canadian series Diggstown. She will play Tara Prescott in the episode slated for March 1, 2020. Jones joins series lead Vinessa Antoine (ex-Jordan Ashford, General Hospital) who plays a former corporate lawyer now working for a legal aid clinic in Nova Scotia. General Hospital’s Terry Randolph, Cassandra James, will also guest star in season two of Diggstown.
Waiting for Anya
His run as Ted Laurent may have come to a deadly end on Days of our Lives but Gilles Marini is alive and well and filming a new movie. Waiting for Anya tells the story of a young shepherd (Noah Schnapp, Stranger Things) and a widow (Anjelica Huston, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum) who help smuggle Jewish children across France’s border into Spain during WWII. The film, based on the children’s novel, also stars Jean Reno (Alex Cross) and Sadie Frost (Nocturnal).
John Enos (Roger/Elvis Presley, Days of our Lives; Bobby Marsino, The Young and the Restless) plays Bobby the Bear in The Warrant. The western, set for a 2020 release, is about two army buddies who end up on opposite sides of the law after fighting together in the Civil War. Enos’ co-stars include Neal McDonough (Altered Carbon), Stephen R. McQueen (The Vampire Diaries), Casper Van Dien (All American; Ty Moody, One Life to Live) and Annabeth Gish (The Haunting of Hill House).
The actor who played General Hospital’s Kyle Sloane and Days of our Lives’ Scooter Nelson, has been cast in the new series Stumptown. Robb Derringer will play the recurring role of Randall Tapper. The series, which debuts on September 25 on ABC, stars Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) and Jake Johnson (New Girl). Based on a graphic novel, the story surrounds an army veteran (Smulders), with gambling debts and a brother to take care of, who becomes a private investigator in Portland, Oregon. Derringer also revealed to Soaps.com that he’ll take part in the new RuPaul Netflix series AJ and the Queen and is awaiting a season two pickup for Queen America, where he plays series regular Robert Crowe, opposite Catherine Zeta Jones. Back in July, he guest-starred on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Thomas.
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels
Hudson West (ex-Jake Spencer, General Hospital) has landed a recurring role on the Showtime series Penny Dreadful: City of Angeles. He will play Trevor Craft in the supernatural tale set in 1938 Los Angeles that explores its characters’ connection to the deity Santa Muerte and the Devil. Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones), Nathan Lane (Modern Family) and Dominic Sherwood (Shadowhunters) also star in the Showtime series billed as a follow-up to the Penny Dreadful that ran from 2014 – 2016.
— Gilles Marini (@GillesMarini) July 2, 2019