Cate Blanchett and Tom Jones Join Season 4 of ‘Documentary Now’
IFC has announced the first round of casting for the “53rd season” (not really the 53rd season) of “Documentary Now!”, starring Cate Blanchett, Jamie Demetriou, Trystan Gravelle, Jonathan Pryce, John Rhys-Davies and Harriet Walter . Tom Jones also joins the original comedy series.
The newly announced cast will be part of three previously announced episodes for the upcoming season, all of which are written by co-creator Seth Meyers.
Blanchett and Walter will star in “Two Hairdressers in Bagglyport”, a portrait of a hair salon owner and his staff in the small coastal village of Bagglyport as they prepare their annual style book. Co-creator Fred Armisen will also star in the tribute to fashion documentaries “3 Salons at the Seaside” and “The September Issue.”
The episode “How They Threw Rocks” will feature Welsh actors Gravelle, Pryce and Rhys-Davies and Welsh singer Jones. In the vein of ‘When We Were Kings’ and other explorations of sport, the episode chronicles the Welsh sport of Craig Maes – also known as ‘Field Rock’ – and a 1974 fight dubbed ‘The Melon vs. The Felon”. Welsh actor Sam C. Wilson will also star.
Finally, Demetriou will direct the episode entitled “My Monkey Grifter”. Taking inspiration from “My Octopus Teacher,” the episode follows a filmmaker who forms a deep and financially strained relationship with a monkey who may have ulterior motives. Armisen also joins the episode as a detective.
Known for paying homage to the documentary world, “Documentary Now!” will air six new episodes on IFC and AMC+ in fall 2022. Co-created by Armisen, Myers, Bill Hader and Rhys Thomas, the series is hosted by Dame Helen Mirren and produced by Lorne Michaels. Broadway Video produces.
Additional guest stars and documentaries will be announced at a later date.
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