Netflix reveal when new show filmed in Sheffield will hit screens and stars who will appear in it
Netflix has announced exciting new details about a new drama being shot around Sheffield.
Netflix has now revealed more about the plot and cast for the 10-episode drama, which is scheduled to hit screens towards the end of the year.
The drama revolves around 15-year-old figure skater Kayla, who is forced to leave Canada for the UK when her twin brother Mac wins a place at a legendary hockey academy.
Pad Two at iceSheffield has been transformed into the fictional Hammerstrom Ice Hockey Academy for the show, which Netflix says features a fully skating cast and is being shot in a ‘fluid camera style’ to make the audience feel like they are sharing the ice with the characters.
Tim Compton, one of the executive producers, said: “The twin worlds of hockey and figure skating are rich with story. And there’s so much talent out there; we’ve found a truly international cast of young actors who are genuinely skilled on the ice.
“This, combined with fresh and exciting writing talent, will make Zero Chill something really special for the kids and family audience.”
Filming by Lime Pictures, the makers of Hollyoaks, is due to continue in and around Sheffield until late March.
The makers called Sheffield one of Britain’s ‘great hubs of ice skating’ and revealed ‘some of the best coaches in the UK’ have spent eight weeks training the cast on the ice.
They described iceSheffield as an ‘incredible host’ and said they hoped the show would inspire more young people to take up skating.
The central roles of Kayla and Mac are taken by newcomers Grace Beedie and Dakota Benjamin Taylor, with other stars including Kinky Boots actress Sarah Jane Potts
The production also involves 100 ‘locally-based’ supporting artists, and Netflix said the cast and some crew were being housed in local hotels and apartments and were ‘very much enjoying' their stay in the city.
Zero Chill was created by Kirstie Falkous and John Regier, and the writing team is headed up by Ackley Bridge’s Adam Usden.