"Locke & Key": Darby Stanchfield's Updates Show Netflix Series Production Moving Right Along

While shows such as DC Universe's Doom Patrol, Netflix's The Umbrella Academy, and Amazon Prime's upcoming The Boys having been getting a ton of attention lately, now would be as good a time as any to make sure we're not sleeping on Netflix's adaptation of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's comic book Locke & Key. Originally Hulu-bound, the ten-episode, supernatural-fantasy drama from Hill, Carlton Cuse, and IDW Entertainment has gone through some changes since switching streamers but filming is underway – starting in February 2019.

One person doing an excellent of keeping fans up-to-speed on some more of the personal, behind-the-scenes aspects of filming is actress Darby Stanchfield (Scandal), otherwise known as family head Nina Locke. After a traumatic home attack, Nina moves her family across the country to Keyhouse for a fresh start — and also to solve the mystery surrounding her late husband Rendell's murder. She struggles with her new role as a single mom, as Rendell was always more the traditional parent type. She's much more comfortable as an artist and house renovator.

"Locke & Key": Darby Stanchfield's Updates Show Netflix Series Production Moving Right Along

Stanchfield has proven to be a one-woman social media public relations machine for the upcoming series, with a strong "Instagram fu" for feeding fan frenzy for the series. Here's a look at just a few of her posts, beginning with camera test day, first day of table reads, and first day of filming:

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Birthday wishes to on-screen "daughter" Emilia Jones (Utopia):

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A mini "family portrait" to celebrate wrapping up the third week of filming:

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Some love and respect for the show's crew:


Thoughts on her first look at the Keyhouse's exterior:

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A visit from none other than Hill and Rodriguez:

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And some quality time with castmates:

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Netflix's adaptation of the horror/fantasy comic book series focuses on the Locke siblings – Kinsey (Jones), Tyler (American Crime's Connor Jessup), and Bode (It's Jackson Robert Scott) – who move to their ancestral home in Massachusetts after the gruesome murder of their father, only to find the house has magical keys that give them a vast array of powers and abilities. Standing in their way is a devious demon who also wants the keys and will stop at nothing to attain them.

Petrice Jones' (Step Up: High Water) Scot is a massive horror movie nerd and ringleader of the "Savini Squad" – a group of teen misfits named for famed special effects artist Tom Savini – who becomes Kinsey Locke's first friend at the Academy.

Thomas Mitchell Barnet's (Saving Hope) Sam Lesser is a troubled, sensitive young man who longs for a connection and will go to desperate lengths to find one. His vulnerability makes him an easy target for Dodge's manipulation.

Laysla De Oliveira's Dodge is a beautiful, unpredictable and sinister demon in human form that torments the Locke family.

Kevin Alves' Javi is the colorful life of the party who doesn't take life too seriously – doing his best to try to persuade new friend Tyler Locke to do the same.

Asha Bromfield's (Riverdale) Zadie is a spunky horror nerd and the lone female member of the "Savini Squad" – that is, until Kinsey Locke arrives at Matheson Academy.

Griffin Gluck's (American Vandal) Gabe is a new boarding student at Matheson Academy who befriends Kinsey Locke.

Steven Williams' (The Chi, The X-Files) Joe Ridgeway, an esteemed teacher at Matheson Academy who connects with the newly arrived Locke family and who might be in for much more than he was expecting.

Felix Mallard's (Happy Together) Lucas Caravaggio is a charming teenager in the town of Matheson whose exposure to magic leads to serious complications.

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Hill and Cuse are joined on the Locke & Key creative team by Aron Eli Coleite and Meredith Averill. The first episode is written by Hill and Coleite, and Cuse and Averill will serve as showrunners. Michael Morris (Better Call Saul, Preacher) has been tapped to direct the first two episodes. It's Andy Muschietti and Cuse will serve as executive producers, alongside with Barbara Muschietti, Hill, Averill, Coleite and Morris. Genre Arts' Lindsey Springer, IDW Entertainment's Ted Adams, and David Alpert and Rick Jacobs via Circle of Confusion will also executive produce.

Variety (exclusive report)

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Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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