In spring 2024, filming will begin in Calgary and the surrounding areas for the first season of Netflix's newest drama/western series, The Abandons.

The 10-episode series will star Emmy-award-winning actresses Gillian Anderson and Lena Headey.

According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), the series' plot revolves around, 'a corrupt force of wealth and power [that] covets the lands of a group of diverse and atypical families and tries to drive them out, they must pursue their Manifest Destiny.'

Anderson, perhaps best known for her role in X-Files as Special Agent Dan Scully as well as her roles in The Crown and Hannibal, is set to play the character of Constance; the head of a wealthy family after she inherited her husband's mining fortune. 

Five-time nominee Headey, arguably best known for her portrayal of Cersei Lannister in HBO's Game of Thrones, will star opposite Anderson as another wealthy matriarch who adopts four orphans. 

The series creator and executive is Kurt Sutter, who was also the producer for the Sons of Anarchy and The Shield. There are no current dates for when filming will begin and a trailer has yet to be revealed. 

According to the Alberta Chapter of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), there are currently no other listed T.V. series or films to be shot in Alberta in the near future. However, the Alberta film industry had a stellar year in 2023, with massive blockbuster hits like The Last of Us earning accolades and prestigious awards

In an attempt to continue spurring the burgeoning film industry in Alberta, in early January, Minister of Arts, Culture and Status of Women Tanya Fir travelled to Los Angeles, California to promote Alberta as a top location for film and television creators.

"We want producers around the world to know about our competitive financial advantages, breathtaking locations, world-class studios and exceptional crews and talent," Minister Fir said. 

While in Los Angeles, Minister Fir met with executives from HBO and other production organizations. In addition to these meetings, Minister Fir co-hosted an event showcasing Alberta’s film and television industry to Hollywood producers and studio executives.

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