Actors Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko, Jessica Marais, Steven Strait, Christian Cooke and Danny Huston begin production in Miami this week on the Starz Originals series, “Magic City.” In the 10-episode drama, set to debut exclusively on Starz in 2012, Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen, “Grey’s Anatomy,” the upcoming Dibbuk Box) portrays Ike Evans, the cool, visionary force behind Miami Beach’s newest hotel and a man with dangerous secrets; Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, Max Payne) as Ike’s wife Vera, a former showgirl who is deeply loyal to her husband and family; and Danny Huston (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Clash of the Titans, “John Adams”), as Ben Diamond, Miami’s most dangerous mobster.
The cast also stars Jessica Marais (Australia’s “Packed to the Rafters,” “Legend of the Seeker”) as Ben’s beautiful, caged wife, Lily; Steven Strait (10,000 B.C., City Island), as Ike’s eldest son, Stevie; Christian Cooke (Cemetery Junction, “Demons”) as Danny, Ike’s innocent, hard-working younger son; Dominik Garcia Lorido (City Island, The Lost City) as Mercedes, a maid in the Miramar Playa who has grown up with the Evans family in the shadow of the hotel; and Elena Satine (Just Go With It) as Judi, a platinum blonde escort who works out of the Miramar Playa and helps Ike out from time to time.
Rounding out the stellar “Magic City” cast are Kelly Lynch (Passion Play, Drugstore Cowboy), Michael Rispoli (The Taking of Pelham 123, The Weather Man), Oscar-nominated actor Seymour Cassel (Rushmore, “Crash”), and Yul Vázquez (The A-Team, American Gangster).
As Frank Sinatra rings in a new year in the grand ballroom of Miami Beach’s most luxurious dream palace – the Miramar Playa – its visionary leader, Ike Evans, must deal with the Mob, his complicated family and a city in the midst of dramatic change as Fidel Castro takes control of Cuba, just 200 miles offshore. By day the hotel at the center of “Magic City” is all diving clown acts and cha-cha lessons by the pool, but at night Miami Beach reveals a darker truth.
“Magic City” was conceived by writer-director-producer-Mitch Glazer (The Recruit, Scrooged), who grew up in the glamorous, ominous world of late ’50’s Miami Beach. He serves as Executive Producer on the project along with Media Talent Group, with CEO, Geyer Kosinski (“Going to California,” “Hope & Faith,” Beyond Borders), Co-Executive Producer Ed Bianchi (“The Killing,” “Deadwood) and Producer Dwayne Shattuck (“Mad Men”).
“Magic City” joins a riveting lineup of TV entertainment from STARZ including “Torchwood: Miracle Day,” premiering July 8th and produced by BBC Worldwide Productions for STARZ and BBC. The series features Torchwood alumni John Barrowman, Eve Myles, and Kai Owen and new headliners, Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins, Lauren Ambrose, Arlene Tur and Bill Pullman. This October, the network will debut the new drama series, “Boss,” starring Kelsey Grammer as a powerful, secretly vulnerable Chicago mayor. The series, currently in production, is produced by Lionsgate for STARZ. This past April, the channel debuted “Camelot,” a fresh re-telling of the King Arthur legend starring Jamie Campbell Bower, Joseph Fiennes and Eva Green from KA Television Productions Limited and T5 Camelot Productions, Inc. and distributed by Starz in the US, GK-TV in Canada and Take 5 Distribution, Inc. in the rest of the world. The series finale will air Friday, June 10 at 10 pm ET/PT..