Van Helsing is back in business. Production has restarted on the Syfy action series’ fifth and final season and three actors have been added to the cast for the new season — Kim Coates, Ali Liebert, and Steve Bacic. The first three episodes of season five had been filmed before the COVID-19 pandemic caused a production shutdown.
Syfy revealed more about the return of the series in a press release.
“Nomadic Pictures and Dynamic Television announced today that SYFY’s action-horror Van Helsing is back in production and that Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy), Ali Liebert (Bomb Girls), and Steve Bacic (Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda) have joined the cast for the fifth and final season. The hour-long horror is the first dramatic series to return to production in Canada and is still expected to premiere this fall with 13 all-new episodes to conclude its epic tale.
The first three episodes of the new season were filmed on-location in Bratislava, Slovakia back in January and February before production was shut down March 15 due to covid-19. The series is now entering its fourth week of production. The final 10 episodes are currently underway in Kamloops and Vancouver, Canada.
“The safe and efficient return to production is a result of 12 weeks of tireless efforts on behalf of our entire executive team, producers, writers, directors and crew. This would not be possible without the round the clock consultation, drafting and execution of our safe return to work protocols with all the Unions and guilds. We thank them for their unwavering support and will continue to craft our execution plan as we enter a new era of film making,” said Chad Oakes, Executive Producer and Co-Chairman of Nomadic Pictures. “We understand the herculean responsibility to be the first out of the gate and will proceed with every cast and crew members safety as our first priority.”
“Kim, Ali and Steve are incredible talents and we are thrilled to welcome them to our Van Helsing family. And we are especially ecstatic to finally be back to work with them,” added Michael Frislev, Executive Producer and Co-Chairman of Nomadic Pictures. “We started on our covid protocols and PPE collection shortly after shutting down. The entire cast and crew have been through our covid safety training and were tested prior to going to camera. Our extensive and detailed protocols have been blessed by all BC unions, guilds, ActSafe BC and WorkSafe BC. We are ready and look forward to a safe and successful shoot.”
Coates, best known for his role as Alexander “Tig” Trager in the FX series Sons of Anarchy, will play Count Dalibor, the husband of Olivia who despite his best intentions, makes some disastrous choices. Liebert will play Nina, a vampire with a colorful past that involves Julius, and a hidden agenda that entails a lot of death. Bacic will portray the father, a wild vampire who dresses in animal skins and has been hiding in an abandoned mine with a child.”
What do you think? Are you excited for the return of this Syfy series? Are you happy for the addition of the new actors?