8:54am PT by Philiana Ng
Showtime Acquires Two Films From 'Vampire Diaries' Star (Exclusive)
Showtime is getting into The Vampire Diaries business.
The pay cabler has acquired two films from Daniel Gillies, who appears on The CW hit drama as Elijah, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
Broken Kingdom, directed by and starring Gillies, premieres on Showtime at 8:30 p.m. May 15.
The film follows two stories as it weaves its way from the slums of Bogota to the Hills of Hollywood. A 14-year-old street girl and an American writer discover an uncommon union, while a L.A. daycare teacher does everything she can to fight the weight of a tragic secret. Gillies' wife, actress Rachael Leigh Cook, co-stars.
Leading into Broken Kingdom is the documentary chronicling the making of the film, Kingdom Come, which will air at 7 p.m. May 15.
Gillies is best known for his portrayal of Elijah and will reprise his role on The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals, which airs its backdoor pilot Thursday. He returns for season two of Canadian medical drama Saving Hope as surgeon Joel Goran opposite Erica Durance.
Kingdom Come marks the directorial debut of Paiman Kalayeh and John Lyons Murphy. Kalayeh, a noted comedy writer whose credits include The Cleveland Show and Bounty Hunters, he is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Kaplan Stahler, who brokered the deal for both films with Showtime.
Gillies is repped by APA and Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Nilon Entertainment.