The Lake- Ah, summer. The ideal time to unwind, escape the bustle of the city and immerse oneself in the tranquillity of nature. Some individuals choose the beach, while others favour the verdant tranquilly of a lodge in the woods. I’m sure you can envision it: lush ferns, dew-covered hiking trails, and a crystal-clear lake where you can laze around while reading your favourite book.
This is the setting for Amazon’s upcoming Canadian drama The Lake. The series depicts Justin (Jordan Gavaris), a recently single gay man wanting to reconnect with his estranged birth daughter Billie (Madison Shamoun) by bringing her to the lake his family frequented as a child.
His preparations are derailed when he learns that his “wicked stepsister” Maisy-May (Julia Stiles) has purchased their boyhood home, which he says was his “inheritance.” When he discovers that she intends to demolish the house, he uses the summer vacation to foil what he perceives to be her malicious plans.
This Amazon Prime Video comedy series is scheduled to air on June 17 and stars Jordan Gavaris, Julia Stiles, and Madison Shamoun. The tranquilly of the Canadian countryside is shattered by sibling rivalry. Here is everything we know about The Lake at this time.
When Is the Release Date of The Lake?
The debut of The Lake is slated for 17 June 2022, and it will be available on Amazon Prime Video. The series was awarded a preview showing at the 2022 Inside Out Film and Video Festival, one of Canada’s largest festivals showcasing LGBTQ+ content and producers, before its official launch. The screening featured the series’ first two episodes.
Who are the Cast and Confirmed Characters of The Lake?
The cast comprises a variety of recognisable actors in parts that deviate from their norm. Jordan Gavaris portrays Justin, a guy who returns to his hometown to reconnect with his estranged daughter Billie. Tatiana Maslany co-stars with Gavaris in the Canadian science fiction thriller television series Orphan Black as Felix Dawkins.
Jordan’s position in this film will allow him to demonstrate his comedic abilities and his Canadian heritage in a lighter context. In his last role, he displayed wry, cynical comedy with a British accent. Gavaris also starred in the television programmes Unnatural History and the crime comedy-drama Take Two.
Actress Julia Stiles has joined Gavaris. Stiles may be most recognised for her famous portrayal as Kat Strafford in the late-1990s romantic comedy 10 Things I Hate About You, in which she co-starred with Heath Ledger and Jason Gordon Levitt. Her roles in Mona Lisa Smile and as Nicky Parsons in the Bourne trilogy solidified her move from teen to adult audiences, while her role in the early 2000s American teen dance flick Save the Last Dance secured her place in the canon of the late 1990s and early 2000s film classics.
Her television work includes a role in the fifth season of Dexter, for which she received nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress, as well as her current main role on the Sky Atlantic series Riviera. Stiles’ portrayal of Justin’s picture-perfect stepsister Maisy-May is a departure from the dramatic roles we’re accustomed to seeing her play, but she has the acting skills to give the character depth.
Madison Shamoun plays Justin’s biological daughter Billie. As part of an ultimatum, the character of Billie has been sent to the lake with her biological father, Justin. Shamoun gets the necessary angst of her role, and her character’s reluctance to interact with Justin is believable given the situation. Shamoun is well recognised for her roles in #BlackAF and Black-ish.
Jon Dore (Humor Resources), Carolyn Scott (Goosebumps), Natalie Lisinka (The Expanse), Travis Nelson (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil), and Declan Whaley (Criminal Minds), and Terry Chen are among the additional cast members (The Expanse).
What Is the Plot of The Lake?
Justin (Jordan Gavaris), a newly divorced gay man, invites his adopted daughter Billie (Madison Shamoun) to the lake where he spent his childhood summers. Justin hopes that spending the summer with Billie will strengthen their relationship. Justin’s obsession with regaining control of the family property from his stepsister Maisy-May (Julia Stiles) only serves to further a wedge between them. It will take a great deal of maturation for all parties, especially Maisy, to understand their place within a family.
The Lake Official Trailer:
In mid-May, Amazon Prime Video released the trailer for The Lake. In the trailer, the contrast between the countryside and the topic is quite effective. The trailer begins with a sweeping overhead image of a lake surrounded by lush trees and the Canadian outdoors. The summer aesthetic induces in the observer feelings of leisure and relaxation.
This summer appears to be the exact reverse of what the scenery suggests. The trailer quickly establishes the premise: Billie’s adoptive parents give her an ultimatum: spend the summer with Justin, her estranged millennial birth father, or attend bible camp. Justin jokes, “I’m not like other birth fathers; I’m a hip birth father,” to which Billie responds, “Are you paraphrasing Mean Girls?”
As the series unfolds, the conflict between Justin, a millennial, and his daughter, a member of Generation Z, as they strive to connect is a central element of the plot. When they arrive, Justin doesn’t quite fit in with the area’s boxed-wine-drinking, shoulder-slapping locals.
However, this is the least of his troubles. His step-sister Maisy-May is the new owner of the childhood home he and his family had owned (Julia Stiles). The contrast between Justin and his icy, pragmatist stepsister is ripe for comedy. The independence and impulsiveness Justin led him to devote the entire summer to opposing his stepsister.
This infantile behaviour may prevent him from bonding with Billie, who requires a positive role model. Much of the episode appears to be about the emotional trauma that needs to be repaired between brother and step-sister, and how these and other traumas are part of what has prevented Justin from maturing and displaying himself in his connection with Billie as a role model rather than a goofball.