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First Look at Nicole Beharie as Detective Abbey Archer in Fox TV Pilot 'Sleepy Hollow'

by Vanessa Martinez
April 4, 2013 9:39 PM
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Courtesy of Gaston Gazette
Photo by John Clark Courtesy of Gaston Gazette

This on-set picture is your first look at FOX TV's pilot Sleepy Hollow, the supernatural series which star Nicole Beharie as Detective Abbey Archer and Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane. Filming is underway in Gastonia, NC; the pic comes from the Gaston Gazette, which spoke to Bob Orci, series' Executive Producer and co-creator.

Orci explained the scene saying, "Ichabod has been arrested after waking up here in the present day," adding, "there's a Rip Van Winkle element to it because he's been asleep in a cave for 200 years. He has no idea if he's dreaming or what's happening." Orci elaborated stating, “Obviously the things he’s saying make him seem like he’s nuts. So he’s being escorted by a detective to a psychiatrist in this scene.”

And apparently detective Archer (Beharie) begins forming a bond with Crane after she starts gradually believing what Crane tells her. I'm not too familiar with the story and haven't seen Tim Burton's adaptation, so I don't know if this is what happens in the original.

To recap, Sleepy Hollow is based on the short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and the story follows Ichabod Crane who partners with Sleepy Hollow's female detective to solve mysterious and supernatural occurrences in the town, which is said to be ravaged by a battle between good and evil.

Hollow also stars Orlando Jones and Katia Winter.

Nicole Beharie will be seen next in Brian Helgeland's Jackie Robinson biopic 42 as Rachel "Isum" Robinson.

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  • MANDI | May 24, 2013 12:18 AMReply

    "LIKE" the following page. The show will be great. Fans are starting to unite!
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  • Bee | April 7, 2013 9:26 PMReply

    I really am sick of all these cop shows. I mean, geez. But I do like Beharie. Maybe I'll take a look at this one. I wish she'd chosen something other than a cop show.

  • D.C. Kirkwood | April 5, 2013 12:35 PMReply

    I just adore Ms. Nicole Beharie, she seems to have a strong head on her shoulder. She's choosing some very good roles. She must have a really good agent too. She's being smart about doing films that are classified as "Black Films", as well as commercial films and TV. Plus she's done broadway with Jeffery Wright. Congrats to her Ill be watching.

  • Sagevalentine | April 4, 2013 10:11 PMReply

    I will keep this in mind. Nicole Beharie picks some awesome roles.

  • ALM | April 4, 2013 9:45 PMReply

    This sounds so much like "Elementary" with a fish out of water aspect added in. Hopefully the writers will add something to differentiate this show from "Elementary".

  • ALM | April 5, 2013 10:24 PM

    It has parallels. You have a well known literally character who bonds with a woman. The literary character is wild, etc., while the woman serves as the voice of reason each episode.

  • Sloan | April 5, 2013 6:35 PM

    Actually this is nothing like "Elementary" , which is basically the american version of the U.K./BBC's updated Sherlock Holmes series. In both shows Sherlock Holmes is not the original character transported to the present but the characters all "re-imagined" into the 21st century London /New York City while maintaining the core traits created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The " stranger in a strange land" plot could work well considering the time period the original tale based in. Everything from Race, Sex even fashion will be totally alien to Crane and the added supernatural elements will provide an mutual meeting point for all the characters. My only concern is that its on FOX who doesn't have a good record with their programs especially where there is a strong black presence or lead.

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