Nathalie Kel­ley

The Oakdale Leader - - ENTERTAINMENT - Photo credit: Jor­don Nut­tall/The CW By Tony Rizzo

The CW is up­dat­ing the clas­sic ABC se­ries “Dy­nasty,” which ran from 1981-89. The show was pro­duced by Richard and Es­ther Shapiro (who are on­board for this re­boot) and made stars of John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins and Heather Lock­lear. Mered­ith Mark­worth-Pol­lack will cre­ate the fashions, pick­ing up for the late Nolan Miller, who re­ceived six Emmy nom­i­na­tions (four for “Dy­nasty) and fi­nally won one in 1984.

As­sum­ing the role of Blake Car­ring­ton (John Forsythe) is Grant Show, of the soap “Ryan’s Hope” (1984-87), 158 episodes of “Mel­rose Place,” and more re­cently, 44 episodes of Life­time’s “De­vi­ous Maids” (2013-16). Be­com­ing Cristal Car­ring­ton (Linda Evans) is Peru­vian-Aus­tralian ac­tress Nathalie Kel­ley (yes, Cristal is now His­panic) of “The Fast and the Fu­ri­ous: Tokyo Drift” (2006) and most re­cently in The CW se­ries “The Vam­pire Diaries” (2009-17).

The com­pli­cated Steven Car­ring­ton (played first by Al Cor­ley and then Jack Cole­man), will be in the hands of Aussie ac­tor James McKay, who was in “Dress­maker” (2015), with Kate Winslet; “Hack­saw Ridge” (2016); and “Pi­rates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” (2017). His char­ac­ter will be gay, out and vo­cally proud of it. Play­ing Sammy Jo (orig­i­nally Heather Lock­lear) will be El­iz­a­beth Gilles, who starred in 51 episodes of “Vic­to­ri­ous” (2010-13) and the FX se­ries “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll” (2015-2016).

Show is 55 and Kel­ley is 32 and His­panic, which will change the dy­namic be­tween Blake and Cristal. The orig­i­nal lo­cale was Den­ver, and now it will be At­lanta. Net­flix will make the show avail­able the day af­ter it airs on the CW. The pro­duc­ers have promised Alexis Car­ring­ton Colby (im­mor­tal­ized by Joan Collins), will be back, but they haven’t said who will play her or when she’ll ap­pear. The CW will give us our first look Oct. 11. *** The ABC show “The Good Doc­tor,” which just pre­miered, stars 25-year-old Fred­die High­more, of Cam­den Town, Lon­don, in the ti­tle role, He starred in “Find­ing Nev­er­land” (2004) when he was 12 years old, and in “Char­lie and the Choco­late Fac­tory” (2005) when he was 13, both star­ring Johnny Depp. At 21, High­more starred as young Nor­man Bates in “Bates Mo­tel” (20132017). Fred­die is god­fa­ther for his “Bates Mo­tel” co-star Vera Farmiga’s son, Renn Hawkey Flynn.

Farmiga has “The Com­muter,” with Liam Nee­son and Sam Neill, open­ing Jan. 12; the sci-fi thriller “Cap­tive State,” with John Good­man, due Aug. 27, 2018; and “Godzilla: King of the Mon­sters,” with Ken Watan­abe, Kyle Chan­dler and Bradley Whitford, at­tack­ing the­aters May 22, 2019. Farmiga went from the mother of mon­ster (Nor­man Bates) to run­ning from a mon­ster (“Godzilla”) ... now that’s a real stretch for an ac­tress.

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