Space, BBC America, and Temple Street announced today that production is underway on the fifth and final season of the critically acclaimed award-winning series Orphan Black. Season 5 sees the return of Tatiana Maslany to her Emmy Award-winning role as multiple Leda clones on the Canadian Screen Award and Peabody Award-winning series. Set to return to Space in 2022, 10 one-hour episodes are currently filming in Toronto. All past seasons are available now exclusively on CraveTV.
Joining the cast this season are Elyse Levesque as Detective Engers, a dirty Neolution cop who is a true believer; Andrew Moodie as Mr. Frontenac, Rachel’s new mysterious consultant; Simu Liu as Mr. Mitchell, Kira’s new teacher; Jenessa Grant as Mud, an eclectic young islander, and Stephen McHattie ) as P.T. Westmoreland, the mythical 170-year-old founder of Neolution.
“It has been a privilege to share the compelling stories of the Leda clones with Canadians over the last five seasons,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “Orphan Black will forever leave its mark on the television landscape and we look forward to working with our exceptional showrunners Graeme Manson and John Fawcett, our extraordinary cast and dedicated crew, as well as our partners at Temple Street and BBCA as this story comes to its thrilling natural conclusion.”
“It’s with mixed feelings that we start this final leg of our journey with Sarah and her sisters,” said David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, Executive Producers and Co-Presidents of Boat Rocker Studios. “We are incredibly proud of Orphan Black and what it’s come to mean to all those involved and, especially, the fans. Our pride is only matched by our gratitude to the wonderfully talented writers, producers, cast and crew who have been so dedicated to bringing to life such engaging and compelling characters and storylines.”
New writers for Season 5 include Jeremy Boxen (KILLJOYS), Greg Nelson (FRONTIER), Jenn Engels (BITTEN), David Bezmozgis (Natasha), Renee St Cyr (Deadly Voltage), Natalia Guled (IRL: THE SERIES), and Aisha Porter-Christie (DEFIANCE) alongside returning writers Alex Levine and ORPHAN BLACK co-creator/writer Graeme Manson. Returning to direct is co-creator John Fawcett, along with David Frazee (FLASHPOINT); Aaron Morton (SPARTACUS: WAR OF THE DAMNED); David Wellington (SAVING HOPE, VIKINGS), Grant Harvey (BITTEN), and Helen Shaver (VIKINGS).
Orphan Black is executive produced by Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier (X COMPANY, KILLJOYS), Graeme Manson (Cube, FLASHPOINT), John Fawcett (SPARTACUS, Ginger Snaps), and Kerry Appleyard (X COMPANY). The series is co-created by Manson and Fawcett, with Manson also serving as writer and Fawcett as director. BBC Worldwide distributes the series internationally.
Orphan Black is produced by Temple Street, a division of Boat Rocker Studios, in association with Space and BBC America. Production Executive is Gosia Kamela. Tom Hastings is Director, Drama, Independent Production, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media.