We've been waiting for this. Our next binge watch is officially sorted, as the highly anticipated Stan Original Series, Eden, gets even closer to hitting our screens. Boasting a star-studded cast, a brilliant all-female writing team led by Vanessa Gazy, and a trailer that lures you in right away – we're already obsessed.
Eden is an eight-part Stan Original Series that unfolds in an idyllic coastal town, where the disappearance of a young woman triggers a devastating chain of events which lays bare the dark and hidden heart of the community. Long buried secrets are dragged into the open as lives and deeds intersect over one fractured summer and its aftermath. Sound familiar?
The trailer starts off giving us San Junipero vibes, featuring two stunning women, played by BeBe Bettencourt (The Dry) Sophie Wilde (Bird). Their characters, Hedwig and Scout respectably, are introduced to us head over heels in love, dancing around a lush beach. Things suddenly turn dark and dramatic, promising plenty of twists, turns and drama. Alongside Bettencourt and Wilde are Aussie stars Keiynan Lonsdale (The Flash), Cody Fern (American Horror Story) and Christopher James Baker (True Detective), who have been busy starring in huge TV and movie titles on the other side of the globe.
What is 'Eden' about?
High-achieving 20-year-old Scout returns home from her first year at Juilliard, the prestigious New York performing arts school, to find her enigmatic, charming, clever best friend Hedwig ineffablychanged. On a drug-fuelled night out, moving between parties across the town, Scout confesses her burgeoning romantic and sexual feelings for Hedwig. Tensions escalate throughout the night and culminate in a violent struggle. Scout blacks out. When she wakes up with no memory of the evening’s end, Hedwig is gone.
Across subsequent episodes, we track back into Hedwig’s summer, and forwards into Scout’s desperate investigation into her friend’s disappearance. Hedwig is a young woman brought up without privilege, trying to find herself in the adult world. While her prosperous friend headed off to New York to follow her dream of a musical career, Hedwig has been gradually drawn into the shadows of sunny Eden to survive. For her there is no way out; no money and no one to fall back on – apart from a uselessly drug-addicted father. She has dreams of her own but to have any hope of living them, she must cross to the dark side.
What is the release date for 'Eden'?
The official release date for Eden is June 11, 2021.
Set your alarms, mark your calendars - do whatever you've gotta do to make sure you soak up all that Stan Original goodness the second it drops.
Who is in the cast for 'Eden'?
The Stan Original Series, Eden, boasts some pretty heavy hitters in its casting: with some fantastic emerging actors with huge international names – all showing off our exceptional homegrown acting talent.
At the very centre of the series are Hedwig, played by BeBe Bettencourt (The Dry) and Scout, played by Sophie Wilde (Bird).
The brilliant Australian up-and-comers BeBe Bettencourt and Sophie Wilde join Keiynan Lonsdale (The Flash), Cody Fern (American Horror Story), TV Week Gold Logie Award-winner and Secret Life Of Us Alumnus Samuel Johnson (Molly) and Christopher James Baker (True Detective).
If Cody Fern looks wildly familiar, it's because he's appeared in two series of American Horror Story. He played central character Xavier Plympton in 1984, then stepped up to leading man in Apocalypse, starring as the devil reincarnate Michael Langdon, opposite Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, and Evan Peters.
Other familiar faces may include Keiynan Lonsdale. Once an MTV Australia VJ, Lonsdale has since appeared in The Flash, and of course played the elusive love interest of Simon in Love, Simon. Christopher James Baker has also been making waves overseas, known for his work on Stargirl, Ozark and as Vince Vaughn's assistant on True Detective.
The acclaimed Australian cast also features Rachael Blake (Cleverman), Leeanna Walsman (Penguin Bloom), Simon Lyndon (Mystery Road), Maggie Kirkpatrick (The Letdown), Alexandria Steffensen (Happy Feet), Cassandra Sorrell (Her Own Music), Mark Leonard Winter (The Dressmaker), Claude Jabbour (Stateless), Geneviève Lemon (Ladies in Black), Benedict Hardie (Stan Original Series The Commons), Thom Green (Camp), Hunter Page-Lochard (Cleverman) and Dustin Clare (Spartacus franchise).
Who is on the writing team for 'Eden'?
One of the most exciting things about the Stan Original series Eden is that it boasts an all-female writing team – how good is that?!
The writing team is led by series creator, executive producer and writer Vanessa Gazy, who directed and wrote the phenomenal short film Highway. The writing team boasts the writing prowess of Gazy, alongside Jess Brittain (Clique), Anya Beyersdorf (Shakespeare Now), Clare Sladden (Freudian Slip) and Penelope Chai (Other People’s Problems).
The series is created in collaboration by Every Cloud Productions’ Fiona Eagger and Deb Cox, and the creator of the UK cult hit Skins, Balloon Entertainment’s Bryan Elsley.
Where was 'Eden' shot?
If you're wondering why the trailer looks so lush and inviting, it's because Eden was shot on location in the stunning Northern Rivers region of New South Wales.
The Northern Rivers region of New South Wales have hosted many iconic local and international productions, including Nine Perfect Strangers (HULU), Sweet River (Netflix), Pirates of the Carribean, Aquaman, The Gods of Wheat Street, SeaChange, and now the Stan Original Series, Eden.
Where can I watch the trailer for 'Eden'?
You can watch the official trailer for the Stan Original Series, Eden, right here.