Canadian actress Laura Vandervoort cast in new Space series

LauraVandervoortSpace has recruited Toronto-born actress Laura Vandervoort to star in their new original series Bitten.

Vandervoort (Smallville, Ted) will play the role of Elena Michael, the world’s only female werewolf in the series based on the Women of the Otherworld novels by Canadian author Kelley Armstrong.

As revealed to fans today at Toronto ComiCon, Toronto-born actress Laura Vandervoort (Smallville,Ted) is set to star in the new Space original series Bitten, produced by No Equal Entertainment, Hoodwink Entertainment, and Entertainment One (eOne).

Set in Toronto and Upstate New York, Vandervoort stars as Elena Michaels, the world’s only female werewolf. Based on the critically-acclaimed Women of the Otherworld novels by Canadian author Kelley Armstrong, Bitten is set to begin production in Toronto next month, and additional casting for the 13-episode series will be announced soon.

A foster child, Elena thought she finally found her “happily ever after” with her new love Clayton, but with one small bite, her life was changed forever and she was forced to survive life with the Pack as a werewolf. Years later, Elena has found refuge in Toronto, working as a photographer and dating a new man.

But when bodies turn up in the backwoods of Stonehaven, the rural mansion that has served as a werewolf sanctuary for generations, the perfect life Elena has constructed begins to crumble. With the Pack threatened by an unknown predator, they turn to Elena for help. Caught between two worlds and two loves, Elena returns to Stonehaven out of duty, but once back in the fold she realizes that when push comes to shove, like any true alpha female, she’ll stop at nothing to defend her family.

“Laura has complexity and strength, and is also very relatable, making her the perfect fit for a character struggling to maintain the life she desires, while fighting against who she really is, and for those she loves,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “Well-known to genre fans, Laura’s star power is sure to stir up even more excitement for this already buzzed-about series.”

“Laura possesses the perfect balance of beauty, strength, and charm,” said J.B. Sugar, Executive Producer, No Equal Entertainment. “She has been on our casting radar since we started developing the series and we are ecstatic to have her as our lead character.”

An emotionally charged thriller, Bitten examines the age-old battle between man and beast as human and inhuman forces come to a head in one small town – with Elena at the centre.

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