TV Casting Round-Up: “Downton Abbey,” “Parks & Rec,” And “Fargo” Alums Join Marvel’s “Legion”

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Downton Abbey‘s , Parks and Recreation’s , and Fargo’s have been cast in the pilot for LEGION. The Marvel-FX series is from Fargo writer Noah Hawley.

Stevens stars as David Haller, a man who may be more than human and who has struggled with mental illness since his teenage years. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he is confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real. In the comics, David is the son of X-Men founder Charles Xavier.

Following his three years as Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey, Stevens starred as the Beast in the upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast movie. He’s repped by WME.

Plaza is set as Lenny, David’s friend who, despite a life of drugs and alcohol abuse, knows that any day now her life is going to turn around — which gives Lenny the likeable energy of the impossible optimist despite her rough demeanor. The role is a departure from Plaza’s breakout role as the dour April Ludgate on NBC’s Parks. The actress, who can currently be seen in Dirty Grandpa, is repped by CAA and MGMT Entertainment.

Smart, who worked with Hawley on season two of FX’s Fargo, will play Melanie, a nurturing, demanding therapist with a sharp mind and unconventional methods. The three-time Emmy winning Smart earned a Critics’ Choice Award for supporting actress for her role in Fargo. She’s repped by WME and Untitled Entertainment.


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Monk star has been cast as a Republican Senator Red Wheatus on CBS’s upcoming summer series BRAINDEAD. The character is described by the network as “a hard-drinking, fun-loving Republican senator who has spent decades in Washington making deals, until a radical transformation turns him into a health-conscious extremist who would rather destroy the government than compromise.”

BrainDead, from The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King, centers on Laurel, a fresh-faced Capitol Hill staffer who discovers two things at her first Washington, D.C. : (1) the government has stopped working, and (2) alien spawn have come to Earth and eaten the brains of a growing number of congressmen and Hill staffers.

Shalhoub, repped by ICM Partners and Mary Goldberg Management, was a regular on CBS’s We Are Men and recurred on Showtime’s Nurse Jackie. The three-time Emmy-winner is most recognizable to television audiences as Adrian Monk, the titular detective of USA’s long-running procedural comedy. He joins previously announced BrainDead cast members Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Laurel, Aaron Tveit, Danny Pino, and Nikki M. James.


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has signed on as the female lead in CBS’s romantic comedy pilot MY TIME/YOUR TIME. The hybrid comedy, from Hilary Winston and How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, is based on the web series 7P/10P by Avital Ash. It chronicles the relationship of a young couple as they begin dating long distance. Pamela Fryman, who was a director/executive producer for HIMYM’s entire run and was instrumental in creating the series’ hybrid format, is set to direct the pilot.

Levy will play Marty, one half of the central couple. She’s a perpetual optimist living in New York City who wants to be a playwright but is having trouble breaking away from a traditional life for the life of an artist.

The former Suburgatory star has appeared in feature films Fun Size, Evil Dead, and can next be seen in Paramount’s Monster Trucks. She is repped by Gersh and The Burstein Company.


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and have landed series regular roles on Amazon’s THE INTERESTINGS. The pilot, written by Nip/Tuck alums Lyn Greene and Richard Levine and directed by Mike Newell, is described as a grounded. character-driven drama based on Meg Wolitzer’s novel about a group of friends who meet at an arts camp when they’re 15 in 1974. The series chronicles their relationships throughout the next three decades dealing with the great expectations of youth juxtaposed with the realities life hands you as you get older.

Collins, best known for her role as Avery Bailey Clark on daytime soap The Young And The Restless, will play Cathy, a very stylish and attractive woman, immaculately coiffed and svelte. She is repped by Innovative Artists and Corner Booth Entertainment.

Cott, who recurs on TNT’s Public Morals, plays Jonah, a gay, former musician who now designs tech innovations for the disabled. He’s with Gersh and Soffer / Namoff Entertainment.


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is set to topline season two of Fox’s WAYWARD PINES, which picks up where season one left off when a new arrival (Patric) in the town finds himself in the middle of a rebellion as the residents, led by the First Generation, battle over how to preserve the endangered human race. Patric will play Dr. Theo Yedlin, a surgeon whose leadership skills become invaluable to residents of the titular town.

Patric, who is with Gersh and LINK Entertainment, has primarily been a film actor, with credits including The Lost Boys and Sleepers.


, , and are heading to camp in Freeform’s horror drama series DEAD OF SUMMER from Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, who wrote and will direct the first episode. The trip join previously announced cast members Mark Indelicato, Ronen Rubinstein, and Paulina Singer.

Set in the late 1980s, school is out for the summer and a sun-drenched season of firsts beckons the counselors at Camp Clearwater, a seemingly idyllic Midwestern summer camp, including first loves, first kisses—and first kills. Clearwater’s dark, ancient mythology awakens, and what was supposed to be a summer of fun soon turns into one of unforgettable scares and evil at every turn.

Williams, repped by Gersh, will play a counselor at Camp Clearwater who is a mysterious loner with no interest in bonding with the rest of the group. Williams recurred on MTV’s Teen Wolf and voiced Kuvira on The Legend Of Korra.

Frezza, repped by Innovative Artists and Principato Young Entertainment, plays Deputy Garrett Sykes, a young deputy who has ties to Camp Clearwater and who grows immediately suspicious when events at the camp don’t add up.

Goree, who had an arc on the first season of CW’s The 100, will play Joel, an aspiring filmmaker who is returning to Camp Clearwater as a counselor and begins to buy into the idea that something weird is happening. He’s repped by Play Management and Authentic.


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The trend of adapting films into television series continues with BROOKLYN. BAFTA-nominee will reprise her supporting role as the the acerbic landlady Ma Kehoe in the BBC drama series.

Wildgaze Films’ Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, producers of the Best Picture-nominate pic, are developing the series, which will focus on Kehoe’s New York boarding house, and will feature the same group of Irish, British and American young women. Saoirse Ronan is not expected to reprise her role.

Walters, repped by Useful Talent in the UK, has also starred in Paddington and played Molly Weasley in the Harry Potter franchise.


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will return as Logan Huntzberger for Netflix’s GILMORE GIRLS revival. Czuchry played Rory’s boyfriend on the final three seasons of the beloved CW series. The couple broke up at the end of the final season when Rory turned down his marriage proposal. He joins returning cast members Alexis Bledel, Lauren Graham, Scott Patterson, Kelly Bishop, Keiko Agena, Sean Gunn, and Yanic Truesdale in the streaming service’s four 90-minute movies.

Following his time on GG, Czuchry recurred on Friday Night Lights and has spent seven seasons as Cary Agos on CBS’s The Good Wife. He’s repped by Gersh and Thruline Entertainment.


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Seal will feel the passion as Pontius Pilate in Fox’s live musical event THE PASSION.

The Grammy-winning “Kiss from a Rose” singer joins previously announced cast members Trisha Yearwood, Prince Royce, Chris Daughtry, Jencarlos Canela, and Tyler Perry as the host and narrator.

The Passion will air live Palm Sunday, March 20. Grease: Live, Fox’s first major foray into live musical events, was a big success earning critical praise and huge ratings. Unlike Grease, The Passion will not be filmed from the comfort of a studio lot but from various iconic locations across the city of New Orleans.


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Hemlock Grove’s has booked a recurring role on the second season of AMC’s FEAR THE WALKING DEAD. Details about Scott’s role are being kept under wraps. The 15-episode second season of The Walking Dead spinoff will be split into two parts. The first half premieres Sunday, April 10.

Scott, repped by WME and 42 Management, has appeared in Taken 3, Mission: Impossible II, and recurred on ABC’s Desperate Housewives.


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