From a media release:
With production now underway in North Bay, Ontario,Â Sienna FilmsÂ andÂ Streel FilmsÂ announce casting for new CBC original seriesÂ THE TRICKSTERÂ (6×60), coming to CBC and the free CBC Gem streaming service in 2020. Starring newcomerÂ Joel Oulette,Â THE TRICKSTERÂ is based on the best-selling novelÂ Son of a TricksterÂ by Eden Robinson and created by award-winning filmmaker Michelle Latimer (RISE,Â 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.
OuletteÂ 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 â€” talking ravens, doppelgÃ¤ngers, skin monstersâ€” his already chaotic life is turned upside down. At first, he thinks heâ€™s losing his mind, but to his relief and terror, the supernatural events are all too real.Â This is Indigenous Gothic â€“ spirits, ancient magic, deadly rights of passage â€“ in a coming of age story unlike youâ€™ve ever seen.Â Additional cast includesÂ Kalani QueypoÂ (Jamestown),Â Anna LambeÂ (The Grizzlies),Â Joel Thomas HynesÂ (Little Dog),Â Gail MauriceÂ (Cardinal) andÂ Georgina LightningÂ (Blackstone).
A CBC original series,Â THE TRICKSTER, is produced by Streel Films and Sienna Films. Executive Producers are Streel Filmsâ€™ Michelle Latimer, Tony Elliott, Sienna Filmsâ€™ 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 forÂ THE TRICKSTER.