TNT had some intriguing peak television plans with an urban drama called The Deep Mad Dark, which had cast Game of Thrones standout Tom Wlaschiha. However, it now appears that, like his Thrones character, his gig on The Deep Mad Dark has rendered him as “No One.” That’s because TNT has just axed the formerly touted TV project.
The Deep Mad Dark now goes back into the darkness, with TNT opting not to move forward with the project, reports TV Line. The pilot had been on TNT’s backlog since December, showing some momentum in June when Tom Wlaschiha was added as its co-star, joining a nascent cast that included Jackie Weaver. The exact reason for TNT’s axing of The Deep Mad Dark project was not revealed. “Valar Morghulis,” indeed.
The now-nixed Detroit-set The Deep Mad Dark was to center on a (never-cast) protagonist in neurosurgeon Polly Lewis, who starts to become encumbered and personally threatened by the issues of her (also never-cast) friend Tash Hollander, who returned from an off-grid community in Belize disturbingly altered. Wlaschiha’s character Joda is Polly’s obsessed neighbor, described as “intense and mercurial.”
Apropos to his Game of Thrones Faceless Man character Jaqen H’Ghar, Wlaschiha’s Joda would have been an ominous enigma who clears a field separating their abodes with a machete. Polly – also dealing with Tash’s issues – is not sure what to make of his increasing presence in her life, since he carries a duality of warmth with an underlying dark side. – Jackie Weaver (Blunt Talk, Silver Linings Playbook) was to play Lydia Prince-Richard, a self-proclaimed collector of lost people and Svengali leader of the community in which Tash lived.
Wlaschiha gained international acclaim from his Game of Thrones role as Jaqen H’Ghar, introduced in Season 2 as a wayward rogue and Faceless Man assassin of Braavos who owed a life debt to Arya Stark (Maisie Williams). After a three-season hiatus, Jaqen (more accurately, a version of him,) would resurface in Season 5 in Braavos, dealing out the unforgiving Faceless Man disguise and death-dealing training to Arya. Wlaschiha’s non-Thrones CV entries consist of numerous international television guest roles, notably a two-year run on the crime drama Crossing Lines, opposite names like Donald Sutherland and William Fichtner. While The Deep Mad Dark will now get crossed off his proverbial kill list, he’ll next be seen in the 2018 German military drama Escape to the Sea.
The Deep Mad Dark pilot was set be directed by Danish helmer Niels Arden Oplev, who helmed the 2009 original Swedish The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo film, the upcoming remake of Flatliners, as well as the television pilots for Under the Dome, Mr. Robot, Game of Silence and Midnight, Texas. Oplev was to work off a script by Megan Martin (Animal Kingdom, The Following).
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