Toronto’s Stephan James coming home for ‘Beacon 23’

Pop Goes The News – Toronto-born actor Stephan James has signed to star opposite Lena Headey in the new series Beacon 23, which will begin shooting in his hometown this fall.

Beacon 23 is a psychological thriller based upon the 2015 book of the same title by Hugh Howey.

The author was surprised to learn from a tweet that the series will be made in Toronto. “This is a wild way to find out!,” Howey tweeted. “(No idea if it’s true or not).”

James, 27, is best known for his roles in the 2016 film Race and 2018’s If Beale Street Could Talk. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for his work in Homecoming.

Headey portrayed Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones and starred in the short-lived series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. She previously worked in Toronto on the 2013 film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

Beacon 23 follows two people (James, Headey) who find themselves trapped at the end of the known universe. The series will stream on Spectrum in the U.S. before airing on AMC Networks platforms.