What's filming in Toronto this spring and summer
It's a busy season for filming in Toronto, with big-money Hollywood productions and marquee television series on the docket. Last year we saw Suicide Squad take over our streets with plane crashes and car chases, while recently the Strain turned the city into a post-apocalyptic wasteland. No doubt, there will be more chances to catch action-packed productions over the next few months.
Here's what's filming in Toronto this spring and summer.
Downsizing (April 18-July 6)
IMDB's vague description for Downsizing reads: "A social satire in which a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself" - so I'm expect something in the same vein as Honey, I Shrunk the Kids embellished with the comedic talents of Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis and Neil Patrick Harris. Aside from those A-listers, Alec Baldwin, Matt Damon and Christoph Waltz are in the cast.
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage (February 1-May 20)
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage continues the story told in xXx (2002) and xXx: State of the Union (2005). Toronto, along with the Dominican Republic and the Philippines, will act as the backdrop for this highly anticipated action/thriller flick. The cast is pretty stacked, including big names like Nina Dobrev, Vin Diesel, Samuel L. Jackson, Ruby Rose and Toni Collette.
It (June 27-August 31)
It is a horror thriller flick that will use Toronto to represent the Town of Derry. The story will follow a group of seven children united by their odd and scary encounters with a clown called Pennywise. Currently the only casting details are the speculation of Will Poulter playing the character of Pennywise.
Our House (May 30-July 7)
The details available for Our House are extremely vague. Not even IMDB has a description for this film yet. The only thing available is that is Project X lead Thomas Mann will be in it.
The Voice (June 13-September 2)
Not be confused with the singing reality show, The Voice will be filming in Toronto this summer. Details about the film are currently unavailable but we do know the film with be directed by Gyรถrgy Pรกlfi.
American Gods (March 1-September 1)
American Gods is a brand new show, slated to hit TV screens in 2017. According to IMDB, the series will follow "a recently released ex-convict named Shadow [who] meets a mysterious man who calls himself "Wednesday" and knows more than he first seems to about Shadow's life and past." Notable cast members include Crispin Glover, Emily Browning and Ian McShane.
American Gothic (February 28-October 8)
The details on American Gothic are, unfortunately, pretty sparse. All we know thus far is that it's a mystery drama featuring Virginia Madsen, Justin Chatwin and child actor Gabriel Bateman.
Big Brother Canada (February 15-May 12)
Canada's riff on the ever-popular American reality show has returned for its fourth season of filming. The show is already airing on Global three nights a week, so you can keep up to date with HOH winners, POV competitions, evictions and in-house shenanigans.
Dark Matter (September 12-May 16)
Dark Matter started filming its second season back in September and will be wrapping up mid-May. The drama/sci-fi/thriller series follows a six-person spaceship crew who have collectively suffered amnesia during a mission and are only left with a cargo bay of weaponry and a destination to go off of. Stars include Anthony Lemke and Jodelle Ferland.
Killjoys (November 30-April 30)
The second season of Killjoys began filming in November and will finish its stint in Toronto at the end of this month. If you're not familiar, the sci-fi series is about a trio who work as bounty hunters in a planetary system called the Quad during a time of unrest. Key cast members are Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore and Luke Macfarlane.
The Expanse (April 15-September 30)
The Expanse, now in its second season of filming, will be shooting in Toronto until the end of September. The show is another sci-fi space drama that revolves around "a vast conspiracy that threatens the Earth's rebellious colony on the asteroid belt." Notable names include Jared Harris, Cas Anvar and Wes Chatham.
Degrassi: Next Class (May 16-August 11)
Degrassi: Next Class, not be confused with Degrassi: Next Generation, is the 5th series in the Degrassi franchise and will be filming in Toronto this spring and summer. Similar to the rest of the franchise the show will follow the lives of the students from Degrassi Community School. Familiar Degrassi stars like Eric Osborne, Ricardo Hoyos and Lyle Lettau will all be back for this franchise instalment.
Suits (April 5-November 17)
Filming of the 6th series of Suits is already underway and will continue all the way till November. This season of the show will cover the aftermath of one of the main characters guilty pleas in court. Series regulars include Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle and Sarah Rafferty.
Schitt's Creek (April 11-June 23)
The filming of Schitt's Creek 3rd series begun last month and will finish this coming June. The show follows the lives of wealthy family that finds themselves broke and forced to leave their pampered life for Schitt's Creek.The show stars Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Dan Levy and Annie Murphy.
Designated Survivor (March 7-October 21)
Filming for the first series of Designated Survivor started early March and will continue to film in Toronto until the end of October. The television drama will be the story about a low-level cabinet member being appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack. Expect to see actors Kiefer Sutherland, Kal Penn and Tanner Buchanan in the pilot episode.
Incorporated (May 30-September 30)
Incorporated will begun the filming of it's first series this May. The show produced by notable actors Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will be about a young executive who hides his identity to enter a very treacherous corporate world. The series will star Sean Teale and Julia Ormond.
Star Trek (TBD)
While filming dates haven't been announced it has been confirmed that the latest iteration of the Star Trek television series will film in Toronto later this year. Details about the new series are sparse, but rumours abound that the first season will be set in a timeline between the Undiscovered Country and TNG. The show is set to air in January 2017.
What did I miss? Add more movies and TV shows being filmed in Toronto to the comments section.
With contributions from Alice Prendergast. Photo of Vin Diesel and Samuel L Jackson via Jackson's Instagram at Pinewood Studios in Toronto.
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