Sleepy Hollow, FOX’s modern day twist on Washington Irving’s classic tale created by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Alias, Fringe, Hawaii Five-0), follows Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), who dies during a mission for General George Washington in 1781 and awakens two and a half centuries later in present day Sleepy Hollow. Unfortunately, the Headless Horseman has also been resurrected in the present and begins a nightly killing spree. Now Ichabod must team up with newly appointed, African American sheriff Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie), who has her own supernatural experiences, to stop the Horseman and protect Sleepy Hollow.
Sleepy Hollow starring Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie airs on FOX Mondays 9:00 pm ET/8c.
The cast of Sleepy Hollow is comprised of relatively unknown actors who are not widely associated with a particular role. British actor Tom Mison (Parade’s End) showcases Ichabod Crane’s frustration with a world that is as crazy to him as he is to that world. Nicole Beharie (The Good Wife) brilliantly plays a complex woman who is able to hold her own in a man’s world as troubled sheriff Abbie Mills. Rounding out the cast are Orlando Jones (MADtv) as Abbie’s boss, Captain Frank Irving and Katia Winter (Dexter) as Ichabod’s wife Katrina Crane.
Behind The Scenes
Sleepy Hollow is the work of television writer, producer, director Alex Kurtzman and his longtime collaborator Roberto Orci. The pair first worked together on the syndicated television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys starring Kevin Sorbo. After rewriting Michael Bay’s The Island, the pair was brought on board for Transformers. They dabbled in television again with Alias and Fringe. And 2009′s film Star Trek reunited them with J.J. Abrams, with whom they had co-created Fringe.
The pilot episode of Sleepy Hollow was directed by Kate Beckinsale’s husband, Len Wiseman, whose credits include Live Free or Die Hard, Total Recall, and Underworld.
American History 101
From The Boston Tea Party to Paul Revere’s famous ride; Sleepy Hollow will revisit historical events that viewers learned about in school. Each episode features a flashback from Ichabod’s life in 1776 with clues from the past being used to enlighten the mysteries in the present. As the famous saying from George Santayana goes, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Back in the 21st century, Crane’s worldview from 18th century Colonial America clashes with present day societal and technological differences. Fans of Washington Irving’s classic tale, which is set in 1790, will quickly notice that FOX’s version screws with the timeline as Ichabod is dead and buried in 1776.
The Headless Horseman Rides Again
In the original tale, the Headless Horseman is the ghost of a Hessian soldier. In FOX’s version, the Headless Horseman is said to be part of a much larger mythology as one of the four horseman of the apocalypse. The modern-day, violent, headless assailant goes on a murderous rampage through Sleepy Hollow as he searches for his long-lost skull to become whole and summon the rest of the Horseman of the Apocalypse. The character, who resembles part horror movie villain part cartoon character, trades in his magic axe for assault rifles and yards of ammunition and that’s when the real action begins.