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Higher Ground, founded by Michelle and Barack Obama, and independent studio wiip have announced the cast Awl their first drama series for Netflix, starting production next week in Ireland.

Will Forte, Siobhan Cullen, Robin Cara, David Wilmot as well as Chris Walley are going to star in a seven-episode dark comedy thriller.

Awl (working title) is about a motley crew of podcasters who decide to investigate the mysterious disappearance of three strangers in an idyllic coastal Irish town. Once they start pulling the strings, they discover a story much bigger and weirder than they could have imagined. As our characters struggle to discern truth from fiction—about the case, about their colleagues, and, most painfully, about themselves—the series challenges our perceptions of truth and uncovers the stories we tell ourselves to justify our beliefs or validate our fears.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with wiip on this sinister thriller that questions the truth, the narrative and the very purpose of each,” said Head of Film and Television at Higher Ground. Tonya Davis. “This entire creative team – Jez, Alex, Nash and a phenomenal cast led by Will Forte and Siobhan Cullen – will bring something very special to life, and we can’t wait to share it with audiences around the world.”


Will Forte Known for eight seasons on Saturday Night Live and starring in the feature film adaptation of McGruber, he plays Gilbert Power, an American podcaster looking for his next big story. Hailing from Chicago, Gilbert’s family emigrated from Cork and hope to discover his Irish roots. Gilbert loves his job and, using his undeniable charm and natural warmth, uncovers the truth of history by gaining people’s trust and then weaving their memories, memories and theories into a compelling narrative. While his affect is innocent and charming, it’s clear there’s a lot more going on under the surface – something he hopes to avoid by coming to Ireland looking for material for his next podcast.

Siobhan Cullen who currently stars opposite Ralph Fiennes in The Bridge Theatre’s production of CRAZY STRAIGHT, plays Dove, a truth-seeking rocket hailing from Dublin. She is a hard-nosed investigative journalist with a fine-tuned bullshit detector and a healthy disregard for authority and hypocrisy. People find Dove rude, “difficult”. But she believes she’s just telling the truth, which makes her completely blind to her own delusions and hypocrisy. She is funny too. And brave. And brilliant. She can also be extremely charming and persuasive. Unfortunately, she is going through the biggest professional crisis of her career, and when you live your life as a lone wolf, your career is usually all you have.

Robin Cara who recently wrapped up her third season as JEN on the Apple TV series TRYING, plays Emmy, the researcher who helped Gilbert start the podcast. Beneath her competent exterior, Emmy is visibly gnawed by insecurities, which she tries to hide with enthusiasm and comedy. Sandwiched between the blunt Dove and the laconic Gilbert, Emmy struggles to find her own voice.

David Wilmot who recently starred in Embers, plays Seamus Gallagher. It carries the weight and presence of a man who was physically strong in his younger years. Agile and enigmatic, Seamus can turn on charms when it serves his needs, however, he can just as quickly erupt into violent outbursts when he feels threatened.

Chris Walley who was most recently seen in BLOODLANDS, plays Sean O’Shea, a local resident of the village of Bodkin. He is a typical Irish country boy – helpless, ready to laugh and does not seem to be preoccupied with the obligations or responsibilities that usually come with adulthood. He is also involved in some rather dark business, a situation where we find out that he is completely out of his mind.

• Creator/Co-Showrunner/Executive Producer: Jez Scarf
• Co-showrunner/executive producer: Alex Metcalfe
• Executive Producers: David Flynn (wiip), Paul Lee (wiip), Tonya Davis, Barack & Michelle Obama (Higher Ground), Nne Ebong
• Leading Director: Nash Edgerton

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