Light one-hour THE TRUSTEE has netted L. Scott Caldwell for a series regular role opposite Meaghan Rath and Laverne Cox. It is described as a fun, female buddy copy comedy about Eliza Radley, a driven but stubborn detective who finds unlikely help from her precinct’s trustee, Amanda Jones, a larger-than-life ex-con finishing out her prison sentence doing menial tasks for the police department. Caldwell has been cast as Odelle Jones, Amanda’s feisty and spry grandmother.
Caldwell is repped by SMS Talent.
Jenny Lumet’s untitled procedural has added Omar Metwally to the cast. The project centers on an elite team of investigators for the Northeast Regional U.S. Hate Crime Unit who solve myriad crimes against humanity as they confront their own biases. Metwally has been cast as Nate, Naomi’s fiance and the Manhattan South D.A.
Alyssa Milano-starrer INSATIABLE has landed Irene Choi for a series regular role. The pilot centers on Bob, a disgraced, dissatisfied civil lawyer-turned-beauty pageant coach who takes on Patty, a vengeful, bullied teenager, as a client but has no idea what he’s about to unleash upon the world. Choi has been cast as Dixie, Bob’s pageant contestant and a bit of a villain in the seris as she and her mother are on the warpath to ruin Bob’s life.
Drama pilot REDLINERS has tapped Sons of Anarchy’s Tommy Flanagan for a series regular role. The show follows a pair of former operatives, Anne and Holt, who get re-activated and drawn into a larger conspiracy while attempting to maintain their undercover lives. Flanagan has been cast as Angus Cochrane, a charismatic, handsome, and seductive mobster and Anne’s ex-husband.
Flanagan is repped by Gersh and Untitled Entertainment.
Mindy Project grad Chris Messina has joined Amy Adams for Marti Noxon’s SHARP OBJECTS. The adaptation centers on Adams as Camille Preaker. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely. Messina has been cast as Kansas City Detective Richard Willis, who is brought in to provide support to a small town Sheriff searching for the killer of a young girl.
Messina is repped by WME.
THE LOOMING TOWER has tapped Peter Sarsgaard for a lead role opposite Jeff Daniels and Tahar Rahim. The show traces the rising threat of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda and takes a controversial look at how the rivalry between the CIA and FBI inadvertently might have set the stage for the tragedy of 9/11 and the war in Iraq. Sarsgaard has been cast as Martin Schmidt, a CIA analyst who invariably believes he’s by far the smartest person in the room.
YA adaptation ZAC AND MIA on go90 has booked Kian Lawley and Anne Winters in the title roles. THe project is described as a moving story about two ordinary teenagers who find hope, love, and courage in exceptional circumstances. In the real world, these two 17-year-olds would have little to say to each other, but in the hospital where both are undergoing treatment for cancer, the usual rules no longer apply.