EXCLUSIVE: Keenan Tracey (Bates Motel), Daniel Doheny (Alex Strangelove), Natalie Malaika (Fractured), newcomers Morgan Holmstrom and Kristy Dinsmore (Vikings) in Syfy’s Day of the Dead, based on George A. Romero’s classic zombie film from Abbott Street Films and Cartel Entertainment ( Creep show). In addition, horror filmmaker Steven Kostanski will direct the first four episodes and executive productions. The 10-episode series is currently being produced in Vancouver.
Day of the Dead was written by Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas, who will also do the show run. It is the intense story of six strangers trying to survive the first 24 hours of an undead invasion. This ode to Romero’s famous meat-eaters reminds us that sometimes all it takes to bring people together is a bunch of hungry zombies trying to tear them apart.
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Tracey will play Cam McDermott, a high school senior and the son of a local cop who spends his spare time doing odd jobs to get out of his small Pennsylvania hometown.
Doheny will play Luke Bowman, son of the city’s mayor, Paula Bowman.
Malaika will play Lauren Howell, a sarcastic undertaker at the local morgue.
Holmstrom will play Sarah Blackwood, former Special Forces now working on a fracking crew out of town. She discovers a mysterious body that plunges her into the middle of a zombie invasion.
Dinsmore will play Amy, a life coach and the town doctor’s daughter. When the dead rise, she begins a transformation as she struggles to survive.
Stan Spry, Jeff Holland and Drew Brown are producing for Cartel Entertainment with Robert Dudelson, James Dudelson and Jordan Kizwani of HiTide Studios.
Tracey’s notable television credits include Bates Motel, The Returned, Rogue, and The 100. Other film credits include Polaroid and Extracurricular, for which he scored two songs. Tracey is once again taken care of by The Characters Talent Agency and LINK Entertainment.
Doheny is best known for his role as Alex in the teen comedy Alex Strangelove. He will next be featured on the Brand New Cherry Flavor television series. Additional film and TV credits are Supernatural, Loudermilk and The Package. Doheny is again taken care of by King Talent Inc.
Malaika was most recently seen alongside Sam Worthington in the thriller Fractured. She will next star in the cult teen thriller The Color Rose. Other film and television credits include Good Witch, Cranberry Christmas, Conviction, and Kidnapped: The Kamiyah Mobley Story. Malaika is again looked after by RED Management.
Winnipeg-born newcomer Holmstrom prides himself on the legacy of Cree-Métis. She received an education in art, played the violin and sang before embarking on an international modeling career at the age of 14. She currently lives in Vancouver and has a career in film and television. Holmstrom will again be looked after by KC Talent Management.
Dinsmore, who has had a successful dance career since he was three, was honored with the Melanie Desiling Award for Most Promising Dancer at age 16 and has since performed for the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics closing ceremonies. Other film and television credits include Storm Cell, Loudermilk, Rogue, Supernatural, and most recently Vikings. Dinsmore is being re-performed by Untitled Entertainment.