The Rising release date, cast, Sky Max drama trailer

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Sky’s original drama The Rising follows Neve Kelly, a young woman who wakes up disoriented in the desert one morning and soon finds she’s been murdered.

By a supernatural event, her spirit remained on Earth but cannot be seen by her living family and friends, leaving her alone with the macabre challenge of finding out who is responsible for her death.

Clara Rugaard (of Netflix’s I Am Mother) takes the lead role, playing recently deceased motocross rider Neve, while the supporting cast includes Matthew McNulty (Doctor Who), Emily Taaffe (The Beast Must Die) and Alex Lanipekun (Riviera ) as her mourning loved ones.

The Rising is based on a Belgian crime thriller titled Hotel Beau Séjour, which ran for two seasons to strong reviews from critics, counting horror novelist Stephen King among its fans.

We will soon find out if this remake can match. Here’s everything you need to know about The Rising on Sky Max and NOW.

The Rising release date

The Rising will premiere on Sky Max and NOW on Friday, April 22, 2022.

The show was originally announced to launch on Friday, March 11, as reported when the first trailer was released, but its release was later delayed by just over a month.

The rising cast

Solly McLeod and Clara Rugaard in The Rising SEAC

Clara Rugaard leads the cast in this supernatural thriller, having already landed on sci-fi fans’ radar with her Netflix original film I Am Mother, which starred Hilary Swank.

She plays rebellious teenager and motocross champion Neve Kelly, who wakes up one morning in the woods and later realizes she’s dead.

“I think Neve is basically a big fish in a very small pond, and I think that thought is terrifying,” Rugaard said. “It’s all that creature of habit stuff.”

She continued, “That’s what she knows, the people she loves are there, but she wants more. There’s this internal struggle that Neve carries with her throughout the show.”

Emily Taaffe plays Neve’s loving mother, Maria, while Alex Lanipekun plays her stepfather Daniel, with whom she also has a strong relationship.

Neve’s biological father, Tom (played by Deadwater Fell’s Matthew McNulty) is also still there, but struggles with alcohol abuse and is often not the support figure she needs.

Rounding out The Rising cast are Solly McLeod as Neve’s boyfriend Joe, Nenda Neururer as her friend Alex, and The Demon Headmaster star Nicholas Gleaves.

What is The Rising about?

Matthew McNulty in The Rising

Matthew McNulty in The Rising SEAC

The Rising follows the mission of murdered woman Neve Kelly, who finds herself wandering the mortal plain after her seemingly violent death.

With no memory of her final hours, she is determined to find out exactly what happened to her and make sure her killer is punished, but it could prove difficult with little connection to the world of the living.

The Rising is an eight-episode original series for Sky Max and NOW subscribers.

The rising trailer

The first trailer for Sky’s The Rising was released in January 2022, setting up the series’ central mystery and introducing the main cast of characters. Check it out below.

The Rising will premiere on Sky Max and NOW on Friday 22 April 2022. Check out more of our drama coverage or visit our TV guide to see what’s on tonight.

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