NEW YORK – July 11, 2022 – IFC today released the first round of casting for the highly anticipated 53rd season of Documentary now!with famous actors Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine, Carol), Jamie Demetriou (the after party, Great), Trystan Gravelle (The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, A Discovery of Witches), Jonathan Price (The two popes, the crown), John Rhys Davies (The Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones) and Harriet Walter (Estate, Killing Eve), as well as a legendary musical artist Tom Jones join the critically acclaimed original comedy series. Known for lovingly paying homage to the world of documentaries, six all-new episodes of Documentary now! Season 53 is scheduled to premiere on IFC and AMC+ in Fall 2022.
Co-created by Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers and RhysThomas, and hosted by Lady Helen Mirren, the series is produced by Lorne Michaels and produced by Broadway Video. The star-studded cast leads the three previously announced episodes of the upcoming season, all written by the co-creator Seth Meyers:
- “Two hairdressers in Bagglyport” will star at two Oscars®-winner and Documentary now! old students Cate Blanchett (blue jasmine, Carol), as well as the actress Harriet Walter (Estate, Killing Eve). Tribute to fashion documentaries 3 Lounges by the Sea and The September issuethe episode is a flying portrait on the wall of a barber shop owner (Walter) and his staff (Blanchett), in the small coastal village of Bagglyport as they prepare their annual style book. Documentary now! co-creator Fred Armisen will also play the role of George the postman.
- “How They Thrown Stones” will feature Welsh actors Trystan Gravelle (The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, A Discovery of Witches), Jonathan Price (The Two Popes, The Crown) and John Rhys Davies (The Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones), as well as the legendary Welsh singer Tom Jones. In the vein of When we were kings and other great explorations of the sport, the episode chronicles the Welsh sport of Craig Maes, also known as “Field Rock”, and the iconic 1974 fight dubbed “The Melon vs The Felon (Gravelle)”. Welsh actor compatriot Sam C. Wilson (Dodger) joined as Craig Maes’ infamous contestant Sior Strawboss or “The Melon”.
- “My Rogue Monkey” will be directed by the actor Jamie Demetriou (the after party). Inspired by My octopus teacherthe episode follows Benjamin Clay (Demetriou), a filmmaker who forms a deep, emotional, and financially taxing relationship with a monkey who may have ulterior motives. Fred Armisen also joins as Detective Blakely.
Additional guest stars and documentaries will be announced at a later date.
The six-time Emmy® nominees Documentary now! debuted to rave reviews from critics and quickly became a fan favorite thanks to its insightful take on some of the best-known documentary films. Each episode takes viewers back in time to honor groundbreaking documentaries. Season 52 guest stars included Cate Blanchett, Owen Wilson, Michael Keaton, Natasha Lyonne, John Mulaney, Michael C. Hall, Taran Killam, Richard Kind, and more.
Documentary now! is produced by Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, Rhys Thomas, Lorne Michaels, Alex Buono, John Mulaney and Andrew Singer of Broadway Video. Again, Thomas and Buono are the directors of the show with Erik Kenward acting as a consulting producer. Alice Mathias and David Cresson co-executive product, with Matt Pacult, Tamsin Rawady, Eddie Michaels and Andre Garland serving as producers. EMU Films produced in the UK, with Lee Groombridge serving as a producer and Jim Mooney, Michael Elliott and Wali Ullah serving as frames.
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