13 Reasons Why and Riverdale stars lead cast of new Channel 4 drama

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13 Reasons Why star Tommy Dorfman and Riverdale's Charles Melton are set to star in Channel 4's new short-form drama Fracture.

Developed by Balmain's Creative Director Olivier Rousteing and his creative team, the five-part series will see the pair joined on screen by singer-songwriter Jesse Jo Stark and Skate Kitchen's Ajani Russell.

The drama follows struggling musician Mya (Stark), who swaps her privileged life in New York for a more solitary existence at the desolate Le Rêve Motel on the outskirts of LA, in an attempt to cure her writers' block.

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Photo credit: Channel 4

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Dorfman is on board to play Mya's sibling Ari, while Melton will portray a "disarmingly handsome drifter and poet" named Noa. Russell rounds out the cast as Edie, a new pal Mya makes shortly after she arrives on the West Coast.

"Against a brooding and melodic soundtrack, Mya finds a friend in fellow outsider Edie (Ajani Russell) who attempts to pull Mya out of her darkness and chaos," the synopsis continues.

"But it's a chance meeting with the disarmingly handsome drifter and poet, Noa (Charles Melton), that really sets in motion a series of events that could propel Mya out of her solitude and completely change her life."

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Photo credit: Channel 4

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"Fracture represents a major milestone for us as we transition into the world of Film and TV and we couldn't be more honoured and excited to have been partnered with such prestigious partners in fashion and television for our first ever scripted project," directors Bradley & Pablo said in a prepared statement.

"We want to thank Balmain and C4 for the opportunity and the incredible actors and crew who went above and beyond to bring this story to life."

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Photo credit: Channel 4

"It's been a pleasure working with the team at Balmain, Sunshine and PrettyBird to bring Mya's story to life," added Thomas Pullen, Channel 4 Digital Commissioning Executive.

"Throughout the production of this series, the team have proven themselves to be wonderful collaborators and creatives always striving to push the boundaries of what's possible. I'm thrilled for audiences to finally be able to see the series and excited at what the future holds for more great short-form drama on Channel 4."

Balmain's Olivier Rousteing serves as the Creative Director of the series, and he added: "Fracture helps to make very clear Balmain's determination to continue to break down boundaries and engage in unexpected, compelling and entertaining ways with lovers of fashion, music and design.

"Fracture's story, writing, acting, directing and images are incredible – I loved being able to play a part in making this happen and I can't get Jesse Jo Stark's music out of my head."

Fracture premieres on September 2, 2021.

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