Jennifer Beals will be back soon to our screens in different projects. First we will see her on the second season of the Canadian tv police drama “Motive”. Set in Vancouver, the series follows crimes investigations by a female detective played by Kristin Lehman. Jennifer will be guest starring on season 2 but no details yet of role are known. Season 2 premieres on Canada’s CTV on March 6th and in the summer on ABC.
Next we will see Jennifer on an indie film called “The White Orchid”. This is a film noir from Santana Films (Humprey Bogart Estate) starring Olivia Thirlby as part-time social services investigator. Jennifer plays the role of Vivian Hershey (pictured left) the supervisor of Olivia Thirlby’s character. Also starring on the film is Janina Gavankar, who played Papi on the tv series The L Word. The film is in post production.
Later in July begins the production of “Manhattan Nocturne”, another indie crime thriller starring Adrien Brody and Yvonne Strahovski. Campbell Scott (Roger Dodger, Let It Be Me) will also star and produce. Jennifer plays the role of Lisa Wren, wife of Brody’s character. The film is based on a novel by Colin Harrison and is the story of Porter Wren (Brody), an accomplished journalist celebrated for solving a recent crime. At home, he is a devoted husband and father but when a seductive stranger (Strahovski) asks him to dig into the unsolved murder of her husband, he is drawn into a world of sexual obsession and blackmail.
No news yet about the film “The Lord Of Vinyl” while the HBO pilot “Laughs Unlimited”, which Jennifer is producing has cast Melonie Diaz as the lead. Laughs Unlimited centers on Billie Crown (Diaz), who discovers that after 15 months as a combat medic in Afghanistan, “real life” is just as perilous as war. Duty as a Sacramento cop offers the same dangers and thrills as combat, and repairing relationships with her husband and young daughter is as difficult as saving a comrade after an IED attack. Billie Crown is the new normal — wife, mother and combat vet.
Production began in March for the TNT pilot Proof, a supernatural medical drama executive produced by Kyra Sedgwick. Proof follows a brilliant surgeon (played by Jennifer) who, following the death of her teenage son, begins investigating supernatural cases, including those of hauntings and reincarnation, in search of proof that death is not the end. The script was written by Rob Bragin, who serves as an executive producer alongside Sedgwick. More on Proof
“The Rocking Horsemen” is the latest film that Jennifer is attached to. This is a film set in 1962 and follows five young high school students who form their own band. Matthew Modine has written and is directing the film. Other cast includes David Alan Grier, Eric Stoltz, Sean Astin, Billy Zane, Jared Gilman, Riley Griffith, Miles Heizer and Isaac White. The film is being produced by Orian Williams.
(Post updated March 18th)