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First Round of Guest Stars for the 53rd Season of Documentary Now! Revealed

July 11, 2022
Cate Blanchett (Tár, Pinocchio), Jamie Demetriou (The Afterparty), Trystan Gravelle (Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power, A Discovery of Witches), Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes, The Crown), John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of The Rings, Indiana Jones), Harriet Walter (Succession, Killing Eve) and Grammy Award-Winning Singer Tom Jones Confirmed to Appear in the Emmy®-Nominated Series

IFC today released the first round of casting for the highly anticipated 53rd season of Documentary Now!, with celebrated actors Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine, Carol), Jamie Demetriou (The AfterpartyThe Great), Trystan Gravelle (Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power, A Discovery of Witches), Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes, The Crown), John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of The Rings, Indiana Jones) and Harriet Walter (Succession, Killing Eve), as well as legendary music artist Tom Jones joining the critically acclaimed original comedy series. Known for lovingly playing homage to the world of documentaries, six all-new episodes of Documentary Now! Season 53 are set to air on IFC and AMC+ in the Fall of 2022.

Co-created by Fred ArmisenBill HaderSeth Meyers and Rhys Thomas, and hosted by Dame Helen Mirrenthe series is executive produced by Lorne Michaels and produced by Broadway Video. The star-studded cast toplines the three previously announced episodes from the upcoming season all written by co-creator Seth Meyers:

  • Two Hairdressers in Bagglyport will star two-time Academy Award®-winner and Documentary Now! alumni Cate Blanchett (Blue JasmineCarol), as well as actress Harriet Walter (Succession, Killing Eve). Paying homage to fashion documentaries 3 Salons at the Seaside and The September Issue, the episode is a fly-on-the-wall portrait of a hair salon owner (Walter) and her staff (Blanchett), in the small coastal village of Bagglyport as they prepare their yearly stylebook. Documentary Now! co-creator Fred Armisen will also star as George the Postman.
  • “How They Threw Rocks” will feature Welsh actors Trystan Gravelle (Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power, A Discovery of Witches), Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes, The Crown) and John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of The Rings, Indiana Jones), as well as legendary Welsh singer Tom JonesIn the vein of When We Were Kings and other great explorations of sport, the episode chronicles the Welsh sport of Craig Maes, also known as “Field Rock,” and the iconic 1974 bout dubbed “The Melon vs. The Felon (Gravelle).” Fellow Welsh actor Sam C. Wilson (Dodger) joins as infamous Craig Maes competitor Sior Strawboss or “The Melon.”
  • “My Monkey Grifter” will be helmed by actor Jamie Demetriou (The Afterparty). Drawing inspiration from My Octopus Teacher, the episode follows Benjamin Clay (Demetriou), a filmmaker who forms a deep, emotional, and financially taxing relationship with a monkey who may have ulterior motives. Fred Armisen also joins as Detective Blakely.

Additional guest stars and documentaries will be announced at a later date.

The six-time Emmy®-nominated Documentary Now! debuted to rave reviews from critics and quickly became a fan favorite thanks to its insightful take on some of the most well-known documentary films. Each episode takes viewers back in time to honor groundbreaking documentaries. Season 52 guest stars included Cate Blanchett, Owen Wilson, Michael Keaton, Natasha Lyonne, John Mulaney, Michael C. Hall, Taran Killam, Richard Kind, and more.

Documentary Now! is executive produced by Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, Rhys Thomas, Lorne Michaels, Alex Buono, John Mulaney and Broadway Video’s Andrew Singer. Once again, Thomas and Buono are the show’s directors with Erik Kenward serving as consulting producer. Alice Mathias and David Cress co-executive produce, with Matt PacultTamsin Rawady, Eddie Michaels and Andrew Garland serving as producers. EMU Films produced in the UK, with Lee Groombridge serving as producer and Jim MooneyMichael Elliott and Wali Ullah serving as executives.

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