EXCLUSIVE: Billy Campbell (The Killing) and Revenge alum Karine Vanasse have been cast as leads in CTV’s six-part one-hour drama series Cardinal (working title).

The cinematic murder mystery, adapted from Giles Blunt’s novel Forty Words For Sorrow, the first of the John Cardinal Mysteries series, stars Campbell as the intelligent, reflective, and dogged detective named John Cardinal, from the northern city of Algonquin Bay, who is burdened by a wrong he committed years ago. Vanasse will play Cardinal’s partner Lise Delorme, a shrewd, tough, imaginative, and gifted investigator from the town’s French Canadian community. Cardinal will premiere as part of CTV’s 2016/17 schedule, with production set to begin in February 2016.

Campbell starred in AMC’s The Killing and is also known for his role as Rick Sammler on ABC drama Once And Again. Film credits include cult classic The Rocketeer, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Enough. Vanasse’s recent television credits include ABC’s Revenge and Pan Am and the upcoming French series Blue Moon. She has had lead roles in films including Polytechnique, which she also co-produced.

5 months
Sub-standard because they are working in Canada rather than the States? What an arrogant and limited view...
6 months
Canadians are just happy to be in the race, so that doesn't surprise me that they settle...
Joey
6 months
Um, shes canadian.

Cardinal is produced by Sienna Films and eOne in association with Bell Media’s CTV.