A Midsummer's Nightmare Cast

A Midsummer’s Nightmare: Lifetime Thriller Adds Eric Balfour, 3 Others

Lifetime is finalizing casting on A Midsummer’s Nightmare, its modern-day take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Among the actors joining the previously cast Dominic Monaghan (Lost) are Haven‘s Eric Balfour and Carrie DiariesJake Robinson.

Chelsea Gilligan (Star-Crossed), Paul Walter Hauser (Kingdom) and Australian newcomer Ellie Gall have also boarded the pilot.

A Midsummer’s Nightmare — which is being billed as a psychological thriller — centers on four young lovers who are staying at the woodsy Dreamland Retreat (run by Monaghan’s character) in pursuit of their romantic desires. Their plans are quickly thwarted when terrifying forces in the deep woods target the stranded group, using their own fantasies and darkest secrets against them.

Balfour plays Mark, a surfer staying at the lodge with his wife, Joselin (played by Gilligan), both of whom begin to get more suspicious than concerned when strange things start happening to people. Robinson portrays Daniel, a wealthy yet stubborn attorney who is furious and heartbroken when he learns his fiancé Hannah (played by Gall) has run off with his best friend Liam to the Dreamland Retreat.

Anthony Jaswinski, the scribe behind last summer’s Blake Lively shark thriller The Shallows, penned the pilot script with Gary Fleder (Kingdom, Zoo) set to direct.

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  1. APH says:

    But Star-Crossed aired and was cancelled over a year ago, wasn’t it? Gilligan (25) is also almost 15 years younger than Balfour (39) too. Couldn’t they have found her a more suitable counterpart for that role? This show sounds an awful lot like Scream and several other shows out there.

    • johnhelvete says:

      You are thinking of the cancelled CW show from 2-3 years ago, the article mentions that the actress is in the upcoming ABC show from Shonda Rhimes.

      • Brian says:

        No, it says she was on the show Star-Crossed. That aired in 2014. The upcoming ABC show is titled Still Star-Crossed.

        • johnhelvete says:

          Well Tvline updated this article and removed the mention of it being ABC’s Star Crossed. Also there is a rumor that ABC is changing the title of Still Star Crossed (another site had a link from the ABC press site and on the press site the show is listed as “Untitled Shondaland Project”).

    • Roslyn says:

      Yeah I wondered why they have this 25 year old who looks it playing wife to a guy almost 40. Lifetime is a woman’s network. That’s male skewing show type casting.

  2. Joey Padron says:

    Happy Eric is coming back to TV with a new show!

  3. lechatnoir says:

    Eric Balfour should play inspector Gadget , Go go gadget. he looks so much like him. Don’t waste this talent.