Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Young newcomer leads cast of new ITV drama HIM

Filming is underway on a new ITV supernatural drama HIM, which focuses on life’s major themes: the painful breakdown of relationships, love, loss, betrayal and passion. At the heart of the story is HIM’s rite of passage from boyhood to manhood as he struggles not to lose his humanity and control his supernatural power.

Newcomer Fionn Whitehead stars as a 17-year-old boy, known only in the drama as HIM. Fionn (represented by Curtis Brown) is a member of the National Youth Theatre and this is his first screen role.
HIM is caught in the limbo between childhood and adulthood. But he’s also trapped in a limbo between the two homes of his divorced parents, mum Hannah, played by Katherine Kelly and dad Edward  played by James Murray, each now remarried with new families.

Simona Brown stars as his 17 year old step-sister Faith,
Simona (represented by Identity) can currently be seen in BBC's The Night Manager and her previous credits include Gaia in The Casual Vacancy. She is set to shoot a lead regular in a US Drama Series Guilt.

When Faith moves into the family home, HIM finds himself irrevocably drawn to her. They both know their mutual attraction could rupture the family. The turmoil this causes in HIM escalates out of control and with it his supernatural power – and those closest to him are in his line of fire.

HIM is the cuckoo in both their nests, a reminder of the failure of their past and a threat to their newfound domestic bliss. Like any teenager, he is riding a rollercoaster of confusing emotions. Like most boys he finds it hard to process his feelings so tends to “act out”. But his behavior is also triggered by something else. He is engaged in a primal struggle to contain the terrifying secret of a supernatural power he inherited from his grandfather. A power that only his ageing grandmother, played by Susan Jameson understands, and she urges him to use his gift only for ‘good’ for she knows if he doesn’t it could end in tragedy.

Written by the multi award-winning screenwriter Paula Milne, HIM is executive produced by Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes for Mainstreet Pictures. and directed by Andy De Emmony

HIM is currently filming in suburban London, and other locations including Blackpool's Grand Theatre.

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