Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Effy, Cook, Cassie and Naomily return for final Skins

As announced back in March, Skins is set to return for a final time next year, and E4 and Company Pictures today announced the details of the new series.

It will mark a departure in style and will see three former stars returning to the roles which shaped their careers in three individual stories, each one broadcast in two, one hour parts.

Written by series creators Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain with Jess Brittain, the stories go into new territory; more adult, more uncompromising. Each two part story centres on the characters now in their early twenties, the party's over and they're starting out as young adults, struggling to find a direction and a focus in unforgiving times.

Kaya Scodelario, the only cast member to appear in all previous six series of Skins, returns in Fire, written by Jess Brittain.

Effy has a dead end job as a receptionist for a leading London Hedge Fund. But as she stumbles across crucial financial information relating to a troubled deal and embarks on an affair with her wealthy boss, she finds out that she has bitten off more than she can chew. Her flatmate Naomi tries to stop Effy from ruining her life, but Effy cannot be reached; until tragedy strikes. 

20 year old Kaya (represented by Curtis Brown), took the lead role of Cathy in Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights, and the lead role of Emanuel in American indie feature Emanuel and The Truth about Fishes. She can currently be seen playing Dakota Fanning's best friend in Now is Good, and has just been filming on new Channel 4 drama Southcliffe.

Series 1&2 star Hannah Murray returns in Pure, written by Bryan Elsley.

Cassie is adrift, alone and invisible in London, trying to make sense of her life. Slowly she realises that someone is following her. Cassie turns towards the unknown. A strange and poignant friendship is carved out of mutual loneliness, but can it survive exposure to the real world?

Since Skins, 23 year old Hannah (represented by Troika) has filmed feature films Chatroom, Womb, Little Glory and most recently God Help The Girl. She also plays Gilly in HBO's Game of Thrones.

Series 3&4 star Jack O'Connell, returns in Rise, written by Jamie Brittain.

Cook has a job delivering drugs to Manchester Revellers. When he is asked to help his employer's girlfriend find a house and finds that he is irresistibly attracted to her, he sets off a train of events which will lead him into a world of savage revenge and a confrontation with his own violent past.

22 year old Jack (represented by Conway Van Gelder), who had started acting before his appearance in Skins, has since starred in TV dramas Dive and The Runaway, and has a number of new features films coming out including The Liability and Private Peaceful. He has just wrapped on playing the young hero in 300 prequel,  300:Rise of an Empire.

Lily Loveless (Naomi) and Kat Prescott (Emily) will also appear in guest roles.

Bryan Elsley, co-creator said; "I am delighted that three emblematic actors, currently embarking on successful movie careers are returning to E4 and Skins. They will play their iconic characters as they emerge into adulthood, and bring new challenging stories of young adults, grappling with life in Cameron's Britain, to vivid and entertaining focus."

The new series of Skins is set to start shooting in Manchester and London from October to January and will transmit in Spring 2013 on E4.

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