Tonight, thanks to our good friend Kerry, we can bring you an exclusive new look at Outcast Series 2. We have some new production stills and a new trailer!
The trailer is from FoxTVArabia. so as such please ignore the airdate at the end. It is still 3rd April in the UK.
FOX has announced April 3rd as the UK premiere for season 2 of Robert Kirkman’s supernatural thriller Outcast. The second season will consist of 10 episodes and will premiere following the season 7 finale of The Walking Dead and it’s companion series Talking Dead - an event which they're calling 'Walkers vs Demons night'.
In a press release, creator Robert Kirkman said:
The Outcast story, although supernatural on the surface, explores how people cope with extreme circumstances while protecting the ones they love. It’s a theme with which audiences across the world can relate. “I am thrilled that audiences in over 125 different countries will soon have the chance to see how Kyle, and the other residents of Rome, West Virginia, continue to deal with a town, and a world, that is rapidly becoming darker, sinister and more unpredictable in the show’s second season.”
The time of broadcast is yet to be confirmed but we're assuming 11pm given the information about following the Walking/Talking Dead. Whether it will move to TWD's 9pm timeslot in the weeks following we do not yet know.
Cinemax have released the following preview scene from next week's episode: All Alone Now.
Episode 3 will air in the US tomorrow (17th June) and in the UK on Tuesday 21st June.
In addition, Cinemax will be releasing weekly indights into each episode shortly after they air. These will include contributions from the cast and crew. You can see latest, 'Inside Episode 2' below.
More Videos: Outcast Video Archive
Cinemax has released images and details from "All Alone Now", the thrid episode of Outcast. The synopsis of the episode is as follows:
"Kyle and Reverend Anderson confront an unusual possession."
The episode was written by Chris Black and was directed by Howie Deutch.
Last night saw the LA Premiere of Outcast at the iconic Hollywood Forever Cemetery, two days before it's US broadcast. Fans who were lucky enough to snap up the free tickets to the event were treated to screening of the first two episodes of the series.
Several members of the cast were in LA for the event, including Philip who said of his character:
"I play the Reverend Anderson who is a soldier of God. Kind of a big fish in a small pond.
The cast posed for photos on the red carpet before been shown to thier exclusive, front row seats, complete with branded cushions and blankets (it can get quite chilly at Hollywood Forever!) for the screenings.
The Press Association also released a video featuring a short interview with Philip and some footage from the event.
Why not take a look at our extensive photo gallery to see more of the action.
Full gallery: Outcast LA Premiere
During filming of the first series of Outcast, Cinemax went behind the scenes with Philip to discuss his role as Reverend Anderson and the future of exorcism kits.
When did you first read the Outcast comics?
After I got this job, I read the first comic, and then I stopped reading them. I’m not really a huge comic book fan, if I’m honest. I know I shouldn’t be saying that, but I’ve got to be truthful. I wanted to see what the layout was like, and see the content, and just kind of see what all the fuss was about with these things. Because I know how big it is, and how huge the whole Comic Con thing is, and so in that respect, to see what people find in these comics. Because I know they’re a huge thing for a lot of people.
How would you describe Reverend Anderson?
Troubled. Tormented soul. Smokes too much. Drinks too much. I mean that’s kind of how I describe him, I guess, from certainly doing these scripts. But, you know, he’s on a mission. He’s on a mission to put things right. Whether he proves that he’s correct in that or not, I don’t know. I think he made a choice—in my opinion, a bad choice. Is it family or is it his mission? He went for the mission thing, and I would never trust a person like that in real life. They put that over their family; either they’re power-crazed or just crazy.
Before you guys were getting started, what were the conversations you had with Robert, Chris? Was there anything interesting in those conversations in advance?
We didn’t really speak— I don’t remember speaking that much about it, because it all came about so quickly. And they were getting the scripts together. I had spoken to them over Skype and stuff. The pilot script was good. It was clear. It seemed to come off the page, and you just go with your instinct, your gut instinct as an actor on how to play it. So I just went for it like that. And they seemed— Well, they asked me back, so I must have done something right.
What do you think the driving force of Reverend Anderson is?
Rooting out demons. He obviously specializes in exorcism, but he’s not very good at them. He doesn’t have the touch, the gift, that Kyle has. I just think it’s that mission to right wrongs, basically. It’s as basic as that. How he goes about it is open to question. That’s for the audience to decide. I don’t like to analyze too much. I like to just get along, do the work. It’s my interpretation of the comic book, and the audience will make of it what they will.
Did you build any backstory?
No, no I don’t really do that. It was all— His backstory is in the scripts. We learn in one of the episodes—I think it’s episode 2, quite early on, which is good—that he goes to see his ex-wife, because things are starting to crumble around him and he starts losing control. Maybe that’s it! Maybe he’s a control freak. And he goes to see his ex-wife and basically says, we built this thing— And she says, listen, I made my decision and you made yours, and we can’t go back on this now. I’ve moved on and so should you. The only thing I would say is in terms of the character—because people ask me “Oh, did you go on YouTube and watch loads of exorcisms?” I said what happened was, my family and I were out here in the beginning of August, and we were watching TV together in bed, and we were just flicking around. And then this evangelical kind of service started going on. And this young guy, you know real trendy ripped jeans, tight t-shirt, buff, and he was owning that stage that he was on. He was absolutely owning the stage. And he was sitting on the end of the stage and just chatting to his flock. And they were all like “Jesus saved me!” and all that. And I thought, this guy is good. He’s seriously—this is a good actor. You know? And it suddenly occurred to me, what he kind of is is a bit of a rock star. And I kind of figured that’s what Anderson is when he’s doing his sermons to his flock. I had to do a big 3-page sermon in episode 2, and I said to Howie, rather than just to be stuck up behind the podium, doing it from there and ranting, it would be great to go down there into the crowd and use that kind of space and get really in people’s eye line and really make that eye contact that draws them in. It’s having that kind of power. So that’s really the only thing that I took. And that’s what I played with.
I wanted to ask you about one prop. You have one of the most interesting props, the tool kit.
My tool kit, yeah! Available at all good stores, coming soon. I plan to market “Get Your Own Exorcism Kit.” You know, get your sage, your bible, your cross. I think we could do a roaring business.
Is it fun to use that?
Do you know what? Those scenes, you know they look amazing on screen when they’re all cut together and edited and all that. But to shoot, they’re terribly dull for actors. Because you’re looking at the kid—he’s not there—you’re just imagining him. So you’re going like, look, oh my god he’s throwing up! Oh, okay. I think one of my concerns for this, which hasn’t happened thank goodness, is that I didn’t want the show, certainly my character, to have an exorcism of the week. “Who’s going to be the demon of the town this week?” You know, it becomes a little like Batman or something. You know what I mean? And becomes too formulaic and repetitive. And that’s when you start getting into trouble. It’s a much stronger piece. You know, the undercurrent of the piece is so much stronger than that. So we have a few exorcisms and things, but it’s just kind of— Personally, I don’t like them, because I have to learn this flowery language, and it’s much, much harder to learn. And I have a lot of dialogue, and what I can do without… I kept saying to Chris and the guys, Guys, you’ve got to—I can do this with a look, man. Do it with a look. Take this out. Because I can’t— It’s hard to learn that stuff. Do you know what I mean? Because it doesn’t really make sense to you. When you start quoting the Bible, I’m like “What the—” It’s like, you know, you need time, because I’m 52 and the brain does not function as fast as it used to. It’s okay for these youngsters, like Patrick and all that, because they’re young.
The #Outcast panel at San Diego Comic Con was a resounding success, with fans even more excited about the show. Cast and crew present included stars Philip Glenister, Patrick Fugit, Warren Schmidt and executive producer Chris Black.
The panel began with a sneak preview of the new series, which was shortly followed by a pubic airing of the first trailer, which is suitably spooky.
They panel confirmed that the first series will run for 10 episodes and would have a global launch in 2016. The cast and crew were at pains to point out that they did not see Outcast as a horror show but rather as...
...a weird mixture of horror and Sci-Fi...a character show with horrific elements. It is a show about fighting demons, but it's a show about everyone having a demons to fight. Demons come in all shapes and sizes ... and sometimes evil comes not in the shape of the devil."
When asked how stand alone the show would be, the reply was:
Each episode will kind of have a beginning and end but there is a larger arc. It will not be exorcism of the week. The comic and TV show were developed concurrently so we're hoping the show will grow organically over time similar to The Walking Dead. Throughout the season, yle will start to see that through this battle, he can take control of his life.
Questions were asked about casting a British actor to play an American (and jokes were made about the British taking over Hollywood). Chris Black said the decision to cast Phil was made because he was the one guy that kind of embodied all the various qualities they needed.Philip was then asked about the challenge of doing a West Virginia accent.
Doing the accent is challenging, but I rarely play my own accent. And it's quite fun.
You can see several photos from San Diego Comic Con in our dedicated gallery.
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