Wilderness cast and crew menaced by bears and rattlesnakes during filming

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Wilderness, Prime Video’s new romantic thriller, more than lived up to its name during production.

Creators Marnie Dickens, Elizabeth Kilgarriff and So Yong Kim, as well as Amazon Studios’ Daisy Mount, previewed the series in London this week.

Based on the novel by B E Jones, the six-part drama follows Liv (played by Jenna Coleman) and Will (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) as they embark on a dangerous trip across the United States.

Unbeknownst to Will, Liv has discovered her husband has been having a lengthy affair with his colleague Cara (Ashley Benson).

To complicate matters even further, Cara turns up on their trip of a lifetime, sabotaging Liv’s scheme to potentially off Will in a freak accident.

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As the creators explained, Will and Liv weren’t the only ones whose plans were complicated by unexpected guests.

Kilgarriff explained filming the first episode by the Grand Canyon in Arizona was actually “straightforward”, although the production team was surprised by the local wildlife.

“As an experience it was incredible,” she shared. “If you take away the rattlesnakes and spiders.”

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Mount chimed in: “Learning about the rattlesnakes when you’re halfway through a field, with ankle swingers and So going ‘Oh, I think there’s rattlesnakes!’”

“We actually got out of the car,” Kilgarriff went on. “Because the car was going so fast by the edge of the canyon.

“We got out of that to be safe and found ourselves in a field of rattlesnakes.

“So [Yong Kim] really calmly went ‘Those holes are rattlesnakes’. And we the Brits were like… [laughs nervously].”

“And then Daisy fell down one,” the producer revealed. “She’s fine!” Kim quipped.

“I’m so glad we did do it,” Kilgarriff maintained. “It’s taking the audience on a ride into these incredible places, and you can’t replicate that. You have to be there.”

Director Kim also learned to “expect the unexpected” whilst the cast and crew were out filming in the great outdoors.

“We were shooting out in the wilderness, so we can’t prevent anything from happening,” she explained.

“Every day it was pretty much expect the unexpected. So, we were shooting one day and some bears came to visit us on set.

“Things happened all the time, constantly.”

Wilderness is available to stream now on Prime Video.

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