From a media release:
With production now underway in North Bay, Ontario, Sienna Films and Streel Films announce casting for new CBC original series THE TRICKSTER (6×60), coming to CBC and the free CBC Gem streaming service in 2020. Starring newcomer Joel Oulette, THE TRICKSTER is based on the best-selling novel Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson and created by award-winning filmmaker Michelle Latimer (RISE, Nuuca) and Tony Elliott (Orphan Black). Latimer will also direct all six episodes. Leading global distributor, KEW MEDIA Distribution, will manage the international sales outside of Canada.
Oulette plays Jared, an Indigenous teen struggling to keep his dysfunctional family above water, holding down an after-school job and selling ecstasy to support his partying mom, Maggie (Crystle Lightning), who self-medicates an undiagnosed mental illness, and his unemployable dad, Phil (Craig Lauzon) and his new girlfriend. But when Jared starts seeing strange things — talking ravens, doppelgängers, skin monsters— his already chaotic life is turned upside down. At first, he thinks he’s losing his mind, but to his relief and terror, the supernatural events are all too real. This is Indigenous Gothic – spirits, ancient magic, deadly rights of passage – in a coming of age story unlike you’ve ever seen. Additional cast includes Kalani Queypo (Jamestown), Anna Lambe (The Grizzlies), Joel Thomas Hynes (Little Dog), Gail Maurice (Cardinal) and Georgina Lightning (Blackstone).
A CBC original series, THE TRICKSTER, is produced by Streel Films and Sienna Films. Executive Producers are Streel Films’ Michelle Latimer, Tony Elliott, Sienna Films’ Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny. Co-Executive Producer is Penny Gummerson. Michelle Latimer directs all six episodes. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Programming; Trish Williams is Executive Director, Scripted Content; Helen Asimakis is Senior Director, Scripted Content; and Melanie Hadley is Executive in Charge of Production. Kew Media Distribution, part of Kew Media Group, will handle worldwide sales for THE TRICKSTER.