Sara Canning Stars in Canadian 'Primeval: New World' Sci-Fi Drama

"The Vampire Diaries" star plays a predator attack expert in the spin-off of ITV's "Primeval" series from Brit producer Impossible Pictures.

TORONTO – The Vampire Diaries actress Sara Canning and Niall Matter have been tapped to star in Primeval: New World, a Canadian spin-off of the Primeval sci-fi series from Brit producer Impossible Pictures.

Miranda Frigon, Geoff Gustafson and Danny Rahim co-star in the Canadian sci-fi series, while Andrew-Lee Potts of the original Primeval series on ITV will guest star.

Canning will play a predator attack expert, while Matter is an inventor and visionary hero in the drama from Impossible Pictures and local producer Omni Film Productions.

Sanctuary actress Amanda Tapping will join Andy Mikita, Martin Wood and Mike Rohl in directing episodes of Primeval: New World.

The new Canadian drama, structured as a Canada-UK co-production, uses characters and story-lines from the British Primeval series, while inserting new Canadian characters and story-lines into the local version.

Production on 13 episodes for Canada’s Space cable channel has started in Vancouver.

Martin Wood and Gillian Horvath are executive producing.

The spin-off series was created by Judith Reeves-Stevens and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, with scripts written by Horvath, Peter Hume, Jon Cooksey, Sarah Dodd, Katherine Collins and Judith Reeve-Stevens and Garfield Reeve-Stevens.

Entertainment One is handling the international distribution rights.