Production has begun on WE tv’s next scripted series, the supernatural thriller, “South of Hell.”  Actress Mena Suvari (“Chicago Fire,” “Hysteria”) has been cast in the lead role as Maria Abascal, a reluctant exorcist for hire with her very own demon living inside of her, named Abigail.  The series also stars Zachary Booth (“Keep the Lights On”), Bill Irwin (“CSI”), Drew Moerlein (“V/H/S”), Lamman Rucker (“Meet the Browns”), and Paulina Singer (“How to Make It In America”), with recurring cast members Lydia Hearst (“Cabin Fever: Patient Zero”), Slate Holmgren (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) and Lauren Velez (“Dexter”).

 

Production on eight, one-hour episodes has begun in Charleston, SC; the series will premiere in 2015 on WE tv.

 

“As we forge a path in scripted programming, we are committed to telling great stories featuring complex characters that our viewers can connect with,” said Marc Juris, WE tv’s president.  “‘South of Hell’ is a supernatural thriller that offers audiences a fresh and contemporary take on this genre – one that’s becoming increasingly popular.  Led by the amazing Mena Suvari, our talented and diverse cast will bring this story to life.”

 

Charleston, South Carolina is the most possessed city in the world.  Evil thrives there. Something with which 30-year-old exorcist Maria Abascal is intimately acquainted.  She wrestles demons for a living.  Especially Abigail, the one that lives within her.  The one who feeds on damned souls and who’s violated the laws of hell to live on earth—and live on, inside Maria.  Now, as they work as one, Maria will discover how personal her battle with evil has become and how far Abigail will go to protect them both.  It’s a journey where the unspeakable is just a heartbeat away.

 

Zachary Booth will play the character of David Abascal, Maria’s brother and closest companion who has a few of his own real-world demons: an addiction to heroin and a lust for troublesome women.  Bill Irwin joins the cast as Enos Abascal, Maria and David’s once cunning and superbly manipulative father and the leader of a notorious devil worship cult known as the Order of Everlasting.  Drew Moerlein plays Dusty, Maria’s handsome, ex-military neighbor and the local handyman.  Lamman Rucker stars as Reverend Elijah Bledsoe, a priest with a strong attraction to and interest in Maria, and father to Grace, played by Paulina Singer, his bi-racial daughter who has experienced extraordinary emotional trauma.

 

The series also stars Lydia Hearst as Charlotte Roberts, a southern belle oozing sex appeal, which she knows how to use; Slate Holmgren as Sweetmouth, a major drug dealer in the area; and Lauren Velez as Tetra, Maria and David’s spiritual informant, often pointing them in the direction of the demonically possessed.

 

“South of Hell” is produced by Sonar Entertainment and Blumhouse Television.  The premiere episode will be directed by Eli Roth (“Hostel,” “Hemlock Grove,” “The Green Inferno”) and was written by Matt Lambert.  James Manos, Jr. (“Dexter,” “The Shield,” “The Sopranos”) is executive producer and showrunner.  Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions (“Paranormal Activity,” “Insidious,” “Sinister”) also serves as executive producer, along with Gerard Bocaccio, Stewart Till, Gene Stein, Erica Motley and Roth.

 

still_south_of_hell_first_look
FIRST LOOK at Mena Suvari on the set of SOUTH OF HELL

DIRECTORS TI WEST, RACHEL TALALAY, JENNIFER LYNCH AND JEREMIAH CHECHIK JOIN ELI ROTH ON WE tv’s “SOUTH OF HELL”

In addition to the well-known horror director Eli Roth (“Hostel,” “Cabin Fever”), an array of respected directors have signed on to direct individual episodes of WE tv’s original supernatural thriller, “South of Hell.”  The line-up includes Ti West (“House of the Devil,” “The Sacrament”), Rachel Talalay (“Doctor Who,” “Tank Girl”), Jennifer Lynch (“The Walking Dead,” “Teen Wolf”) and Jeremiah Chechik (“Helix,” “Reign”).

 

“South of Hell” premieres on WE tv in 2015.  Production is currently underway in Charleston, SC.

 

WE tv recently announced the cast of “South of Hell,” led by actress Mena Suvari in the dual role of Maria Abascal and her inner demon, Abigail.  The cast also includes:  Zachary Booth as David Abascal, Maria’s brother; Bill Irwin as Enos Abascal, Maria and David’s father and cult leader; Drew Moerlein as Dusty, Maria’s neighbor; Lamman Rucker as Rev. Elijah Bledsoe, a priest with a strong attraction to Maria,; Paulina Singer as the Reverend’s daughter, Grace; Lydia Hearst as southern belle Charlotte Roberts; Slate Holmgren as the local drug dealer, Sweetmouth; and Lauren Velez as Tetra, a spiritual informant.

 

Charleston, South Carolina is the most possessed city in the world.  Evil thrives there. Something with which 30-year-old exorcist Maria Abascal is intimately acquainted.  She wrestles demons for a living.  Especially Abigail, the one that lives within her.  The one who feeds on damned souls and who’s violated the laws of hell to live on earth—and live on, inside Maria.  Now, as they work as one, Maria will discover how personal her battle with evil has become and how far Abigail will go to protect them both.  It’s a journey where the unspeakable is just a heartbeat away.

 

“South of Hell” is produced by Sonar Entertainment and Blumhouse Television.  The premiere episode was written by Matt Lambert.  James Manos, Jr. (“Dexter,” “The Shield,” “The Sopranos”) is executive producer and showrunner.  Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions (“Paranormal Activity,” “Insidious,” “Sinister”) also serves as executive producer, along with Gerard Bocaccio, Stewart Till, Gene Stein, Erica Motley and Eli Roth.