‘The Fosters’ season 5 + ‘The World Without You’

Tune into the season 5 premiere of ‘The Fosters’ tonight at 8/7c on Freeform to see Annika reprise her role of Monte Porter. In case you missed the episode, you can stream it on Freeform’s website here.

In other news, Annika has landed a role in the upcoming film ‘The World Without You’…

The film, based on the Joshua Henkin’s best-selling novel and adapted by Dan Pulick, explores how a family copes with the death of son, a journalist killed on assignment in Iraq. During a weekend memorial service, old hurts and dark secrets emerge that threaten to tear the fragile threads holding the family together. Chris Mulkey (Captain Phillips), Perrey Reeves (Famous In Love), James Tupper (Big Little Lies), PJ Byrne (Wolf of Wall Street), Annika Marks (Anguish), Lyndie Greenwood (Sleepy Hollow), Lynn Cohen (Hunger Games), and Suzanne C. Johnson (Empty Space) co-star in the pic, which will begin production next week. Bradley LaRocco, Charles Mudd and Shalit are producing the pic with Mitchell serving as an exec producer. (Source: Deadline)

Annika Marks Boards ‘The Last Champion’


Annika Marks is attached to star in the indie pic The Last Champion opposite Cole Hauser and directed by Glenn Withrow. Marks will play Elizabeth Barnes, a school nurse and childhood friend of John Wright (Hauser). After college, she returns to live with her widowed father (Bob McCracken). When John returns, Elizabeth struggles between her long-time unresolved feelings for him and her disappointment in how he has changed over the years. Marks is currently recurring on the Amazon series The Last Tycoon and the Freeform’s The Fosters. She is repped by TalentWorks and LINK Entertainment.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

Kerry O’Malley & Annika Marks In ‘The Last Tycoon’

Kerry O’Malley (Terminator Genisys) and Annika Marks (The Sessions) have landed recurring roles opposite Lily Collins and Matt Bomer on Amazon’s pilot The Last Tycoon, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel. The project, from Sony TV’s TriStar Television, was inspired by the life of film mogul Irving Thalberg, on whom the book’s protagonist Monroe Stahr was based. O’Malley will play Kay Maloney, a writer on the Brady-American studio lot. Marks is Marks is Bernadette Davis, Declan Davis (Ryan O’Nan) loving wife. Marks is repped by TalentWorks and LINK. O’Malley is with Primary Wave and Professional Artists.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

Gravitas Possesses Supernatural Teen Thriller ‘Anguish’

By Ross A. Lincoln

Gravitas Ventures has acquired all North American rights to the supernatural thriller Anguish, and will release the film in select theaters with simultaneous video on demand release beginning December 18. The story, billed as inspired by true events, follows a teenage girl, “Tess”, who grows to understand that her intense psychological problems are actually the result of a supernatural ability which allows spirits to possess her body. Now she must decide whether to fight to remain in control of herself, or allow the soul of a recently deceased girl who refuses to accept her death to take over her body for good. Starring Ryan Simpkins, along with Karina Logue and Annika Marks, it’s written and directed by Sonny Mallhi.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

‘Anguish’ Trailer and Screening Dates

Annika’s film ‘Anguish’ will be premiering at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal. It is scheduled to be screened on Tuesday, July 21 at 9:20pm and Thursday, July 23 at 3:15pm at the J.A. De Seve Theatre. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, July 11. For ticket information, please click here.

Below is a trailer for ‘Anguish,’ as well as a description of the film.

Sixteen-year-old Tess (an astoundingly powerful Ryan Simpkins) may be young in age, but she’s already had several lifetimes worth of psychological distress, beginning randomly when she was found banging her head into a wall at the age of five. Through the years, her mother has tried everything, every specialist, every alternative treatment, to bring her into balance. The closest thing to a proper diagnosis that doctors have been able to assign to her mental condition is an identity disorder, and in a sense, that’s not incorrect. Tess’s identity is horrifically disordered — because it’s being encroached upon by spirits of the dead.

The directorial debut of writer/director Sonny Mallhi, producer of such singular horror works as THE STRANGERS and AT THE DEVIL’S DOOR, ANGUISH is an emotionally resonant — and blood-chillingly eerie — supernatural exploration of both coming-of-age narratives and the desperate grasping at straws that lead many in crisis onto paths towards belief systems. In ways it can be seen as an AUDREY ROSE for today’s age, albeit with a supremely intensified scare factor and a more profound yearning for spiritual understanding, but it’s something much more unique and ambitious than even that may make it sound, replete with fascinating interpersonal conundrums amidst the ascending horror. Carrying it all is an extraordinary performance from Ryan Simpkins, a young actress who first broke out in Jennifer Lynch’s underrated classic SURVEILLANCE and has more recently been seen in A SINGLE MAN, among others. Frightening and psychologically provocative, ANGUISH offers supernatural explanations to debilitating adolescent mental illness while delivering physical horror set pieces that will rattle all comers.

— Mitch Davis

Source: Fantasia International Film Festival

‘Anguish’ World Premiere

Annika’s upcoming movie, ‘Anguish’ is scheduled to premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal later this summer (date TBA). The festival runs from July 14th to August 4th. Below is a still from the film and an announcement of the premiere (source: Fantasia International Film Festival).



The directorial debut of Sonny Mallhi, producer of such singular horror works as THE STRANGERS and AT THE DEVIL’S DOOR. ANGUISH is a frightening and emotionally resonant film that offers supernatural explanations for debilitating adolescent mental illness, featuring a powerhouse lead performance by Ryan Simpkins (A SINGLE MAN).

Sharon Lawrence on “Grace” & working with Annika

Below are some snippets from an interview Sharon Lawrence did with The A.V. Club in which she talks about the film “Grace” and what it was like working with Annika:

Sharon Lawrence: At that point I was represented by the same agency that handles Annika Marks, who plays Grace. We had a mutual friend who asked if she could contact me, and she wrote a lovely letter about her interest, the reason why she signed onto the project, and what her commitment was to it. It was very impressive, and I recognized when I saw her work on The Sessions that she had a very honest quality to her work. For me, that felt like the most important aspect to this character that she was going to be playing: the ability to be very honest on-screen. And when I recognized that it was produced by women and written by women, that was another reason to commit to a bit of an unknown team, because one of my commitments as an actor now in this stage of my career is to support female filmmakers. All of those things made Grace appealing to me.

AVC: Did you find that you and Annika had an easy chemistry in front of the camera?

SL: Annika and I had a wonderful respect for each other right away, and we recognized how we could help elevate what was on the page even before we joined each other on set. And it only improved our partnership from there. There was a lot of trust right away, and we’re still very close.

Source: The A.V. Club

For more information about “Grace,” please visit www.gracethemovie.us. The film is also available for purchase on Amazon (DVD or stream).