Who is set to become the new ‘top dog?’
That’s the question that will be answered shortly as the new Bea Smith is set to be revealed for Foxtel’s Wentworth drama series.
The FremantleMedia produced series is not pitched as a remake of Prisoner, but a re-imagining. Casting has been going on behind the scenes in recent weeks and key performers are due to be announced imminently.
Based around Bea Smith’s early days as a wife and mother prior to her internment at Wentworth Detention Centre, the series is boldly set in the present -that will undoubtedly require a leap of faith by die-hard fans.
There will be nods to the past but whispers are none of the original cast will be making an appearance anytime soon as the show seeks to make its own mark first.
The series also won’t be shooting at the original site of TEN’s former Nunawading studios, now known as Global Studios, despite the fact FremantleMedia still films Neighbours there and the exterior still resembles the hallowed walls of Wentworth.
Instead producers will shoot at a building that is being transformed as the new-look prison, in outer eastern Melbourne. Sources tell TV Tonight the sets that are being built already look “amazing.”
So that just leaves the unanswered question of who will play the key role of Bea Smith, made famous by Val Lehman?
TV Tonight understands the hot favourite is none other than ……actress Tammy McIntosh.
Update: Another source indicates Danielle Cormack is in line for the role!