Elemental and dramatic
made it difficult to talk.
Abbie Cornish, who plays a Dawson City power player tougher than most of the male prospectors, believes the bitter circumstances enhanced the work of the cast, which also includes Oscar nominee Tim Roth as the eight-hour story’s most dastardly black hat.
“There was something very elemental, very challenging, and very dramatic about the landscape and about the weather that told us very quickly what these characters would have felt like,” said the Australian actress, best known to US audiences for her starring role in Sucker Punch.
“It was kind of nice to have something physical come in and really take over.”
Even if Klondike hits pay dirt, don’t expect a second season. The miniseries wraps up with a coda that makes it almost impossible to revisit the major characters, although a spinoff with a young Jack London, who makes a fleeting appearance, is enticing.
But it does sound like Discovery is dedicated to more scripted series, even if it only means a couple of projects a year.
“We have to see how people respond to Klondike,” Gavin said. “Then we want to be lean and mean in how we move forward.” — Star Tribune (Minneapolis)/ McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
actors richard Madden and abbie Cornish during the discoveryChannel–Klondike panel discussion. – Frederick M. brown/Getty Images/aFP