Scottish actor Dougray Scott is in talks to play the male lead in Eli Roth’s serialized horror series Hemlock Grove. Australian actress Freya Tingley has also joined the Netflix original.
Hemlock is based on a Brian McGreevy novel about the murder of a young girl in the shadow of the disused Godfrey steel mill. This sets forth a chain of theories with fingers pointed at the White Tower, a biotech facility owned by the wealthy, mysterious Godfrey family.
The suspects in her slaughter include Peter (Landon Liboiron), a 17-year-old Gypsy kid from the wrong side of the tracks, and Roman (Bill Skarsgard), the arrogant Godfrey scion, whose sister Shelley is disturbingly deformed and whose mother, Olivia (Famke Janssen), is the beautiful and controlling grand dame of Hemlock Grove.
Scott will play Norman Godfrey, the older brother of Olivia’s late husband, JR, one of the founders of the Godfrey Center for Biomedical Technologies. Wealthy, but with modest tastes and an equally modest home, Norman is sickened by Olivia’s displays of ostentation and the way in which she spoils her son.
Tingley (Beneath The Waves) has also been cast as a regular in horror series. She’ll play Christina Wendall, a precocious and friendly, self-dubbed novelist who interviews Peter after catching him swimming in her grandfather’s pond.