Blade: The Series
Production on Spike TV's first original scripted offering BLADE: THE SERIES has begun in Vancouver,
Canada. New Line Television will produce 11, one-hour episodes of the weekly action-adventure series which
premieres on Spike TV starting Wednesday, July, 5, following the previously announced two-hour kick-off
episode that premieres on June 28.
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Based on the Marvel Super Hero of the same name, BLADE: THE SERIES stars Kirk "Sticky" Jones ("Over There") as the title character who is half-man, half-vampire and employs his extraordinary powers in a crusade to save mankind from the demonic creatures who walk the night.
Spike TV's two-hour series premiere opens with Blade (Jones) setting up shop in Detroit, investigating the vampire house of Chthon. Along the way he forms an uneasy alliance with Krista Starr (Jill Wagner), a former military veteran who becomes entrenched in the world of vampires while investigating the murder of her twin brother.
The series also features Neil Jackson (STARGATE SG-1), Nelson Lee (TRAFFIC, the TV mini-series) and Jessica Gower (BLURRED).
Acclaimed screenwriter and executive producer David S. Goyer (BLADE trilogy and BATMAN BEGINS) and popular comic book writer Geoff Johns who both worked on the BLADE pilot, have also signed on for the series production.
Kirk "Sticky" Jones portrays Blade.
Originally known as the front man of groundbreaking Hip Hop group Onyx, Sticky has transcended all expectations and made a name for himself not only as a solo rap star and actor, but a talented producer, director and writer.
Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Sticky was born Kirk Jones. He launched his career performing with cousin Fredro Starr. They were soon discovered by late Hip Hop legend Jam Master Jay of Run D.M.C. The duo formed Onyx and in 1993 released their first album entitled "Bacdafucup" which has sold over two million copies. Onyx went on to release two more top selling albums before Sticky began his pursuit of a solo career. After making appearances on multi-platinum albums including Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP" and Snoop Doggy Dogg's "The Top Dogg", Sticky released his first solo album in 2000 entitled "The Autobiography Of Kirk Jones."
Sticky's musical career segued him naturally into the acting world. He has starred in a number of high profile films including CLOCKERS, DEAD PRESIDENTS, IN TOO DEEP, NEXT FRIDAY, FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX and the upcoming Lion's Gate Film, HOUSE OF THE DEAD 2: DEAD AIM. Sticky has also found his way onto the small screen in guest starring roles on highly acclaimed shows like NEW YORK UNDERCOVER, NASH BRIDGES, CSI: MIAMI, THE SHIELD and was the star of UPN's Francis Ford Coppola-produced drama, PLATINUM.
Most recently, Sticky could be seen starring weekly in FX's controversial drama series based on the Iraqi war, OVER THERE. Steven Bochco Executive Produced. It premiered with the eighth biggest cable numbers of any series in history.
In addition, Sticky has completed his first feature film, A DAY IN THE LIFE, which he wrote, directed, executive produced and stars in. The film is a progressive, Shakespearian-street, Hip-Hop musical which features all new compositions by Sticky. The all-star cast includes Omar Epps, Faizon Love, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Rappaport, Drena De Niro, Fredro Starr, Clarence Williams III and Bokeem Woodbine. Sticky is sure to continue making waves in both the music and film worlds.
Jill Wagner portrays Krista Starr.
Jill Wagner was born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Jill and her older brother were raised by their father, who ran a tire shop. She attended Ledford High School and then went on to attend North Carolina State University where she graduated Sigma Cume Laude in business. After college she made the move to Los Angeles on a hunch, and quickly obtained a television and film manager.
Jill made her first mark on Hollywood when she was cast as the first female regular sketch performer on MTV's hit television series PUNK'D. Following her stint on PUNK'D, Jill embarked on her journey with scripted series television and landed many notable guest-starring roles in series such as MONK for USA, QUINTUPLETS for FOX and a recurring role on DR. VEGAS for CBS. Jill also appeared in the Sony Pictures feature film GUESS WHO? as well as the independent feature films JUNE BUG, FORGOTTEN and SHIFTED.
In April of 2005 Jill was named the new Lincoln Mercury spokesperson. The popular commercials starring Jill have become a very effective campaign for Lincoln Mercury as well as affording her amazing recognition within American households.
Jill's hobbies include singing, song writing and dream analysis. Her fascination with dreams started at the age of ten when she began her dream journal which she continues to keep up to date.
Jessica Gower portrays Chase.
Making her North American acting debut in BLADE: THE SERIES, Jessica Gower is a native of Melbourne, Australia who graduated from the National Theatre Drama School there in 2000.
Determined since early childhood that she was going to be an actress, Gower got an agent while still studying the craft. She was soon hosting various TV shows as well as guest starring in television series and appearing in national commercials.
Her performance in the award-winning series THE SECRET LIFE OF US garnered her a Logie (Australian Emmy) Award nomination. Gower's additional television credits include a recurring role in the CRASH PALACE series.
She subsequently received considerable critical acclaim for her feature film debut in BLURRED, a comedy-drama about an adventurous group of Australian teenagers on the ultimate road trip.
Within only four months of moving to Los Angeles, Gower was cast in the BLADE: THE SERIES for Spike TV.
Nelson Lee portrays Shen.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan and raised in Canada, Nelson Lee is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the American Academy of the Dramatic Arts in New York.
Lee's television credits include multiple guest-starring roles on such hit series as LAW & ORDER, LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INETENT, LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT and on the gritty award-winning HBO prison drama OZ.
He also received critical acclaim for his role as slick import export drug boss Ronny Cho in the USA network's highly lauded mini series TRAFFIC.
Among Lee's recent credits is Sidney Lumet's 2004 television drama STRIP SEARCH. Revolving around the theme of post 9/11 national security, the film also stars Glenn Close, Ellen Barkin and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Lee has also hosted the popular HBO talk show program CHAT SHOW.
Lee currently makes his home in New York.
Neil Jackson portrays Marcus Van Sciver.
UK native Neil Jackson came to international attention when he landed the role of Perdiccas, Alexander's commander in Oliver Stone's blockbuster feature ALEXANDER. He has most recently completed the upcoming indie vampire thriller THE THIRST, with Adam Baldwin and Jeremy Sisto.
Formerly an amateur boxing champion, Jackson competed both for his college and for Wales, ultimately winning the British Universities championship twice. Upon landing a sponsorship to study sports at the Masters level, Jackson completed his MSc and moved to London in 2000, to pursue acting.
After enrolling in a part time two year course at the Armstrong Acting Academy, Jackson launched his acting career by appearing in a number of popular British series, including HEARTBEAT, and THE LAST DETECTIVE. More recently, Jackson appeared in the controversial lesbian teen mini-series SUGAR RUSH, for Channel 4. He has also appeared in such US series as STARGATE SG-1.
Jackson currently makes his home in Los Angeles.
David Goyer is Executive Producer for Blade: The Series
Long a devotee of the smartest, hippest and most obscure comic books, David Goyer has earned a reputation for adapting the other-worldly realms of super-heroes and fantastical characters into inventive, action-packed hit films such as the BLADE trilogy, CROW: CITY OF ANGELS, as well as DARK CITY (named Best Film of 1998 by Roger Ebert).
Most recently, Goyer co-wrote Warner Bros.' acclaimed blockbuster BATMAN BEGINS with director Christopher Nolan, which explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight's emergence as a force for good in Gotham.
Goyer made his directorial debut with something completely different: ZIGZAG, a fresh, funny, and fiercely poignant account of a robbery in reverse where two unlikely heroes fight to return a large sum of stolen cash. The film featured stand-out performances from a cast including Wesley Snipes, John Leguizamo, Oliver Platt, Natasha Lyonne and newcomer Sam Jones III. ZIGZAG was also adapted by Goyer from the acclaimed novel by Landon Napoleon.
Ever since he was a kid growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Goyer wanted to write comic books, which eventually lead to his bringing them to life for the big screen. Goyer sold his first action script at the age of 22 while still at USC, which became the Jean Claude Van Damme thriller DEATH WARRANT. He went on to explore the worlds of horror (PUPPETMASTERS) and also served as a producer on MISSION TO MARS and the television series SLEEPWALKERS.
Goyer made his big breakout with BLADE based on the Marvel Comic about a legendary vampire hunter. Starring Wesley Snipes and Kris Kristofferson, the film drew accolades for its unmatched, blazing action and exhilarating humor and became one of Hollywood's most successful superhero movies ever. BLADE 2 also written by Goyer (who served as executive producer) and directed by Guillermo Del Toro, featured Snipes again as the vampire-hunter Blade. The film also starred Kris Kristofferson returning as Whistler, Luke Goss, Tcheky Karyo and Ron Perlman.
The director enjoyed success with BLADE: TRINITY, which he also wrote and produced. Wesley Snipes returned as the day-walking vampire hunter.
As a producer he has the ghost story ALONE in the works for New Line, and the Vertigo comic Y: THE LAST MAN also for New Line, which he is producing with Bender/Spink.
In addition to his several film projects, Goyer returns to television with a series for CBS, serving as Executive Producer with David Heyman (HARRY POTTER) and Brannon Braga (STAR TREK: VOYAGER) on THRESHOLD. CBS debuted the hour-long contemporary sci-fi drama about the government's response to an alien threat this Fall. Paramount Network Television is producing. Goyer served as the director for the pilot.
Geoff Johns is the Consulting Producer/Writer for Blade: The Series
Geoff Johns began his career with director Richard Donner, working on the development, production and post-production of CONSPIRACY THEORY and LETHAL WEAPON 4.
Today, Geoff is one of the most popular and prolific writers in comic books, having written over 250 issues for both DC and Marvel. In 2002, he was named Breakout Talent of the Year by Wizard Magazine. His latest project is the bestselling and critically-acclaimed INFINITE CRISIS series for DC Comics, which is redefining DC's entire line of super-heroes including Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. Besides being a creative consultant for DC Comics, Geoff has written several television pilots. His latest project is the BLADE: THE SERIES for Spike TV, co-written with David Goyer.
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