The Inside Scoop About ‘The 100’ From ELIZA TAYLOR & ISAIAH WASHINGTON
Premieres Wednesday, March 19, 9PM ET on The CW
It’s been 97 years since nuclear Armageddon decimated the Earth, destroying civilization. The only survivors were the 400 inhabitants of 12 international space stations that were lucky enough to be in orbit at the time. Since then, three generations have been born in space and the population has swelled to the thousands on the “Ark” ─ the 12 stations now linked together and repurposed to keep the survivors alive. Life on the Ark is hard. Population is tightly controlled, resources are severely rationed and all crimes, no matter how petty, are punishable by death—unless you’re under 18. Perhaps, they weren’t so lucky after all.
As our story begins, life in space has just gotten even harder. Unbeknownst to the general population, the Ark is dying. In a desperate attempt to prevent the extinction of humanity, a group of 100 juvenile prisoners are secretly exiled to the ground to test whether the atmosphere can once again support life. The youth have quite literally inherited the Earth.
Among the 100 young exiles are Clarke (newcomer Eliza Taylor), the bright teenage daughter of the Ark’s chief medical officer; the daredevil Finn (Thomas McDonell, “Suburgatory”); the brother/sister duo of Bellamy (newcomer Bob Morley) and Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos, “50/50”), whose illegal sibling status has always led them to flaunt the rules; the lighthearted Jasper (Devon Bostick, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules”); and the resourceful Monty (Christopher Larkin, “Squad 85”).
Technologically blind to what’s happening on the planet below them, the Ark’s leaders — Clarke’s widowed mother, Abby (Paige Turco, “Person of Interest,” “Damages”); Chancellor Jaha (Isaiah Washington, “Blue Caprice,” “Grey’s Anatomy”); and his shadowy second-in-command, Kane (Henry Ian Cusick, “Scandal,” “Lost”) — are faced with difficult decisions about life, death and the continued existence of the human race.
For the 100 young people on Earth, however, the alien planet they’ve never known is a mysterious realm that can be magical one moment and lethal the next. With the survival of humanity entirely in their hands, THE 100 must find a way to transcend their differences, unite and forge a new path on a wildly changed Earth that’s primitive, intense and teeming with the unknown.
Based on the book series by Kass Morgan, THE 100 is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios with executive producers Jason Rothenberg (upcoming “Twilight Zone” feature), Elizabeth Craft & Sarah Fain (“The Vampire Diaries”), Leslie Morgenstein (“The Vampire Diaries”) and Gina Girolamo (“The Lying Game”). Matthew Miller (“Chuck”) serves as consulting producer.
Clarke on “The 100”
Eliza Taylor stars in The CW’s new drama series “The 100” as Clarke, one of the 100 juvenile prisoners sent to test the Earth’s surface 97 years after nuclear Armageddon decimated the planet.
Taylor was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. She is best known for her role as a series regular on the Australian television series “Neighbours.” Taylor’s other television credits include series regular roles on “The Sleepover Club” and “Pirate Islands,” as well as guest roles on “Nikita,” “Mr. & Mrs. Murder,” “City Homicide,” “All Saints,” “Packed to the Rafters” and “Rush.”
Most recently, she completed shooting on the feature film “November Man,” with Pierce Brosnan and Will Patton. Taylor’s additional feature film credits include “Patrick,” alongside Rachel Griffiths, and the short films “Planes” and “Natural.”
Taylor currently splits her time between Los Angeles and Vancouver.
Chancellor Jaha on “The 100”
Isaiah Washington stars as Chancellor Jaha, first-in-command on the Ark, in the CW’s new drama series “The 100.”
Washington is best known for his series regular role as Dr. Burke on “Grey’s Anatomy.” His other television credits include a role as a series regular on “Bionic Woman” and guest-starring roles on “Law & Order: LA,” “Single Ladies” and “The Cleaner.”
Critics have lauded Washington’s ability to effortlessly disappear into each role, allowing the audience to become acquainted with the multifaceted nature of each character. He most recently completed shooting on the feature films “Blackbird” and “Not 4 Sale.” He has begun pre-production on the two feature films “Yefon” and “Game Time Decision.” Washington produced and starred in the stand-out Sundance film “Blue Caprice” and “The Undershepherd.” He produced and starred in Tony Abulu’s film “Dr. Bello,” and co-starred in “The Trials of Cate McCall,” with Kate Beckinsale and Nick Nolte, and “Go for Sisters,” with Edward James Olmos and Hector Alizando. He also appeared in the feature film short “They Die by Dawn,” alongside Michael Kenneth Williams, Jesse Williams, Erykah Badu and Rosario Dawson.
Washington was the master of ceremonies for the first White House Summit on Malaria to fight the war against the disease in 15 African countries, and in September 2008 attended the 63rd United Nations General Assembly in New York City as an advisor to President Ernest Bai Koroma of the Republic of Sierra Leone. Following this event, President Koroma traveled to Washington D.C. and announced that Washington would be granted full citizenship of Sierra Leone. This historical citizenship declaration made Washington the first African-American to receive such an honor and President Ernest Bai Koroma the first African American President to perform such an act. Finalized on April 26, 2010, it concluded a longtime dream of dual citizenship for African Americans by Pan African pioneers such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Kwame Nkrumah, Martin Luther King, Jr., Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Horace Mann Bond, Ralph Bunche, Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, Edward Wilmot Blyden and Rev. Leon H Sullivan.
Washington currently splits his time between Los Angeles and Vancouver.