Dec 10, 2012
Tradecraft: Eliza Dushku Joins the new Saint
This latest version of The Saint (first reported last week) looks very much like it will actually happen! (If I sound surprised, it's because of all the false starts over the last half decade.) Things are shaping up quickly. Today, Deadline reports that Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse, True Lies) has been cast opposite Hunted's Adam Rayner (who's playing Simon Templar) as the Saint's on-and-off girlfriend, Patricia Holm. Holm was a regular character in Leslie Charteris' books, but I don't think she ever made it to the small screen before. (Though she did appear in one of the RKO Saint movies in the Forties, The Saint Meets the Tiger.) I always pictured the books' Patricia Holm as British, although I can't recall if Charteris ever explicitly stated that was the case. Either way, I think Dushku is a great choice who will easily embody her spirit of adventure. Hopefully she's got good chemistry with Rayner! The trade blog also reveals more of the names involved behind the scenes that we heard last week... and some of those names will be mighty familiar to Saint fans! In addition to Brad Krevoy, Sir Roger Moore himself will be a co-producer, along with his son, Geoffrey Moore, Lulu Moore and Luisa Macdonald. As most fans have known all along, Saint expert Ian Dickerson (who wrote The Saint on TV) will serve as a creative concultant, ensuring that this version will likely hew closer to Charteris' books than any other before it. Dickerson has continuously kept fans updated on the progress (or, more often than not, lack thereof) of a Saint revival on the CBn forums for years. As previously reported, Simon West will direct the backdoor pilot (meaning it's not yet set up as a series at a network), which starts shooting this Friday(!) in Los Angeles, Toronto and London. Alias veteran Jesse Alexander penned the script.