Lifetime's Clan of the Cave Bear Casts Ripper Street's Charlene McKenna

Clan of the Cave Bear Cast

Charlene McKenna is going from A.D. to B.C. (and the B.C. stands for Bear Cave).

The Ripper Street actress, who’s currently co-starring in NBC’s A.D. The Bible Continues, has nabbed a regular role in Lifetime’s Clan of the Cave Bear pilot, TVLine has learned.

The project — based on the first of Jean M. Auel’s six-book series — takes place more than 25,000 years ago, when Neanderthals shared the Earth with the first early modern humans and a band of cave dwellers adopt blond and blue-eyed Ayla (Mr. Selfridge’s Millie Brady) a child of the “Others.” As Ayla matures into a young woman of spirit and courage, she must fight for survival against the jealous bigotry of Broud (Love/Hate‘s Johnny Ward), who will one day be Clan leader.

McKenna will play the Clan’s medicine woman and sister of the Clan leader Brun (The Blacklist’s Hal Ozsan).

The potential series, which is being eyed for a possible 2015 launch, is exec-produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, along with Allison Shearmur (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Linda Woolverton (Maleficent), who is writing the pilot, Francie Calfo (Gang Related, Empire) and Jean M. Auel.

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  1. Sheryl says:

    With the people involved looks like it could be really great. I has to be better than the 80’s movie with Daryl Hannah.

    • uk-usa-tvaddict says:

      I loved that movie. I discovered it randomly late at night in the 90s. I recently watched it again on youtube. Fond memories. I didn’t know it was based on a series of books. There wasn’t much actual talking in English. This should be challenging to adapt to a tv series.

  2. ozzyols says:

    My questions come along the lines of… a) 99% of the Clan’s vocabulary is visual… so are we going to have voice over monologs or subtitles? and more importantly… Ayla is about 9 or 11 when she is first raped by Broud… this could be… difficult…

  3. Meg says:

    Those books cannot be accurately portrayed in screen and certainly not by Lifetime.

    • Karen says:

      No kidding! I remember after the first book a large portion of the story was about sex. Good luck, Lifetime!

  4. smartysenior says:

    The movie flopped because there was no dialogue in spite of the books being wildly popular, especially amongst females. Lack of voices would be even worse on TV so I’m thinking they are adding a lot of script?