ABC has added Eme Ikwuakor, Isabelle Cornish, Mike Moh, Sonya Balmores, and Ellen Woglom to MARVEL’S INHUMANS. They will be joined by the character Lockjaw, the 2,000 lb. dog with the ability to teleport. Ikwuakor will play Gorgon, the cousin of Black Bolt and member of the Royal family, who has super strong legs with hooves for feet that he can use to generate a destructive seismic wave with a single stomp. Cornish will play Crystal, the sister of Medusa and the youngest member of the royal family, who has the ability to control the elements. Moh will play Triton, another cousin of Black Bolt, who has the ability to live underwater. Balmores will play Auran, the Head of the Royal Guards on Attilan. Woglom’s character is being kept under wraps but she is described as smart, intense, and focused – so focused that oftentimes, social skills take a back seat.
Ikwuakor is represented by Singular Talent and The Priluck Company.
Cornish is repped by UTA, Management 360, and United Management in Australia.
Moh is repped by East West Artists.
Balmores is repped by Don Buchwald Agency and East West Artists.
Woglom is repped by Paradigm and Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management.
Hour-long pilot SALAMANDER based on the Belgian format has booked Allison Miller for the lead female role. The series centers on a brilliant but misanthropic engineer who recruits a skeptical Homeland Security agent to help him track a mysterious bank robber whose theft of 66 specific safety deposit boxes, belonging to the elite and powerful, sets in motion a series of blackmails that might be linked to a greater conspiracy. Miller is set to play Nora, a sharply observant Ivy League professional whose sky-high IQ has led her to become a psychiatrist on the staff of Homeland Security.
Miller is repped by ICM and Thruline Entertainment.
Vinnie Jones is boarding DECEPTION from Chuck co-creator Chris Fedak. The FBI crime drama centers on the story of superstare magician Cameron Black who begins working with the FBI when his own career is ruined by scandal. In bringing his art of deception, illusion, and influence to Bureau, Black becomes the world’s first consulting illusionist, helping the government solve crimes that defy explanation, and trap criminals and spies by using deception. Jones has been cast as Gunter Gastafsen, hailed as the “world’s greatest illusion builder”.
Sex and the City alum John Corbett is joining LAS REINAS. The project centers around detective Alex De La Reina who is forced to confront her past when a case compels her to reconnect with her estranged family – the most powerful criminal outfit in Miami. Thrust back into the world she thought she had left behind, she must walk the murky line between the law and her family, and question her true destiny as a De La Reina. Corbett has been cast as Lt. Donald Worden, the former partner and mentor of Alex.
Corbett is repped by Gersh and Lovett Management.
Johnny Galecki’s LIVING BIBLICALLY has tapped Ian Gomez. The comedy centers on a modern-day man at a crossroads in his life who decides to live according to the Bible. Gomez will play Feature Gene, a dryly funny priest at Chip’s church. Father Gene is impressed by Chip’s determination, and they form an unlikely friendship when he helps him translate the rules of the Bible to a modern world.
The untitled Navy SEAL drama at CBS has added Max Thieriot in a lead role. The pilot follows the lives of the elite Navy SEALs as they train, plan, and execute the most dangerous, high-stakes missions our country can ask. Thierot has been cast as Clay, a SEAL and millennial, who’s extremely capable, but his easy confidence and swagger hides a deep insecurity.
Thierot is repped by Gersh.
Rosie Perez and Rarmian Newton have been cast in the lead roles of DRAMA HIGH. The show was inspired by the story of a ground-breaking high school drama teacher, Lou Volpe, as chronicled in the book of the same name. The project revolves around an extraordinary working-class high school drama department and the incredible students who come alive under a passionate teacher and family man whose dedication to the program galvanizes the entire town. Perez will play Tracey, the high energy with a no-holds-barred mouth current drama school teacher and a former high school theater person who is finding someone else with passion and vision that can still inspire her. Newton will play Maashous Evers, a mysterious, independent, and handsome student from a broken home who works as the lighting technician on all the school’s drama projects.
REAL LIFE has netted Brenda Song for a series regular role. The show chronicles the relationship of two 20-somethings, Nora and Drew, who go from being co-workers on opposite coasts to working the same office. Song has been cast as Lauren, Nora’s best friends and roommate.
Song is repped by Curtis Talent Management.
Jenny Lumet’s untitled drama has landed Zach Appelman for a series regular role. The drama centers on an elite team of investigators for the Northeast Regional U.S. Hate Crimes Unit who solve myriad crimes against humanity as they confront their own biases. Appelman will play Webb, an extremely alert and sees things with a unique straightforward perspective and is the one who challenges Naomi’s thinking.
THE CHI has tapped Armando Riesco for a series regular role. The show is a coming-of-age story that follows a half-dozen interrelated characters in the South Side of Chicago. Riesco has been cast as a seasoned homicide detective working the turbulent streets of Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods.
Riesco is repped by Gersh and Liebman Entertainment.
TOM CLANCY’S JACK RYAN has booked Peter Fonda to join John Krasinski and Abbie Cornish. The adaptation is a reinvention with a modern sensibility of the famed and lauded Tom Clancy hero. Jack Ryan is an up-and-coming CIA analyst thrust into a dangerous field assignment for the first time and the series will follow Ryan as he uncovers a pattern in terrorist that threatens destruction on a global scale. Fonda will guest star and potentially recure as Cathy Mueller’s father.
Emily J | TV Editor