TNT tapped Steven Lippman to shoot marketing images for Animal Kingdom, a drama inspired by the award-winning 2010 Australian crime movie of the same name. The official plot summary for the series, which premiered this month:
“The series centers on 17-year-old Joshua “J” Cody (Finn Cole), who moves in with his freewheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town after his mother dies of a heroin overdose. Heading up the family is J’s estranged grandmother, Janine “Smurf” Cody (Ellen Barkin), whom he’s been shielded from for years. She is orbited by Baz (Scott Speedman), her relatively level-headed right-hand man whom she adopted when he was a teenager; Smurf’s eldest son, the quietly menacing, mentally disturbed Pope (Shawn Hatosy), who has just gotten out of prison; her tough, hyperactive, recreational drug-using middle son, Craig (Ben Robson); and the troubled and suspicious Deran (Jake Weary), the “baby” of the family. Also prominent are Nicky Belmont (Molly Gordon), J’s steady girlfriend, and Catherine Ortiz (Daniella Alonso), Baz’s de facto wife and the mother of their 4-year-old daughter, Lena.
J will soon learn that they all make their livings through carefully planned armed robberies and other criminal activities, and that Smurf is an intense, beguiling and complicated matriarch who rules over “her boys” with a borderline incestuous love. It turns out that joining Smurf’s family comes with more danger and excitement than J might be ready to handle.”