Perryn Thiessen and Lea Matina will both be busy filming a role this month on Sacred Lies an upcoming American drama web television series that is set to premiere with a first season of ten episodes on Facebook Watch.

This is Facebook’s first foray into scripted television content. Facebook launched their video on demand service, called Facebook Watch, in August 2017.

On January 16, 2018, Facebook announced that they had given the production a series order consisting of a first season of ten half-hour episodes. The series is set to be written by Raelle Tucker who will also executive produce alongside Scott WinantJason Blum, Marci Wiseman, and Jeremy Gold. Tucker is also set to act as the series’ showrunner and Winant will direct the first two episodes. Production companies involved in the series include Blumhouse Television, a subsidiary of independent film company Blumhouse Productions.

The project reunites Tucker and Winant who previously worked together on True BloodWinant, who won two best directing Emmys for Thirty Something along with earning seven Emmy nominations, served as director on all seven seasons of True Blood, while Tucker served as a writer-executive producer on the first six.

Based on the classic Grimm Brothers tale The Handless Maiden, and Stephanie Oakes’ novel The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, and adapted and updated by Tucker, Sacred Lies is about a handless teen who escapes from a cult and finds herself in juvenile detention, suspected of knowing who killed her cult leader.

“This a young female protagonist we’ve never seen on screen before,” said Tucker. “She’s complex, brave, funny…and sometimes dangerous. And she has no hands. But she refuses to let that, or her bizarre, brutal past define her or limit her. That’s the message of our series: no matter what life throws at you – ultimately only you have the power to decide what you believe and what you become.

Elena Kampouris (Before I Fall), Kevin Carroll (The Leftovers), Kiana Madeira (Dark Matter) and Ryan Robbins (Sanctuary) are set as leads.

Toby Huss also joined the main cast in a series regular role and Katrina Law and Leah Gibson had been cast in recurring roles.

Principal photography for season one began on March 15, 2018 in Vancouver, Canada and is set to last until May 25, 2018.

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