First North American Shooting Location For Gracepoint Confirmed

The first location for the 2014 shoot of Gracepoint, the Fox reworking of hit ITV series Broadchurch has been announced today.

Scenes from the drama will be filmed in the Vancouver Island village of Oak Bay. The news was posted by local councillor Michelle Kirby, who also confirmed that the shoot would take place between January and May 2014. The coastal community will be just one of the locations used, other locations are expected to include Santa Cruz in California. 

Gracepoint is a ten-episode event series for Fox, based on the original UK drama Broadchurch created by Chris Chibnall. Chris Chibnall is on board as executive producer and has written the first episode. David Tennant will be returning in the lead role; however his tetchy Scots DI Alec Hardy becomes American detective Emmett Carver for the remake. Other confirmed cast include Anna Gunn as Ellie Miller, Jacki Weaver as Susan Wright, Kevin Rankin as Paul Coates and Virginia Kull as Beth Lassiter. David Tennant recently said that he believes that he is the only original cast member to make the transfer to the new production. 

Last month, in an interview with Bridport News, Chris Chibnall said of the remake,
“It’s the same story. It is set in America, there will be differences along the way, certain character changes. I went for two weeks to research in northern California over the summer and yes, there are places, not identical, but there are places that have resonances of West Bay. There are places it can be set – we are just talking about exactly where we shoot it.”

Gracepoint is expected to air on Fox as part of the 2014-15 season. Chris Chibnall is also working on the second series of Broadchurch for the UK.