Naomi Watts is reuniting with David Lynch on the upcoming TWIN PEAKS revival. Tom Sizemore is also on board for the Showtime series, rumored to be reprising his recurring role from the original series as FBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole. Co-written by Lynch and fellow Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost, the new installment will be directed by Lynch.
KaDee Strickland will play the lead opposite Jeffrey Donovan in Hulu’s upcoming series SHUT EYE. The 10-episode series is a dark comedy about the underground world of Los Angeles storefront psychics and the organized crime syndicate that runs them.
Strickland will play Linda, the wife of Donovan’s Charlie Haverford, a housewife who makes money on the side as a fortune teller at upscale parties, but who really longs to make bank by running scams with Charlie. After six seasons on Private Practice, Strickland starred in the first season of ABC’s Secrets and Lies and recurred on NBC’s The Player. She is repped by WME and Anonymous Content.
Vanessa Bell Calloway is set to star in A&E’s hip-hop crime drama pilot THE INFAMOUS. The series centers on two complicated men on a collision course: an ambitious reformed gangster, played by Fargo‘s Bokeem Woodbine, poised to break out of South LA and the LAPD detective hell-bent on taking him down. The drama, written by Joshua Zetumer, is set against real events in turbulent 1990s Los Angeles, leading up to the L.A. Riots that tore the city apart.
Calloway will play Ellie, the mother of Woodbine’s Shannon. She is a gifted singer who once performed with James Brown but now drives a city bus. Calloway, repped by Artists International Management, recurs on Showtime’s Shameless, TNT’s Murder In The First and Amazon’s Hand Of God. She also appeared in Southside With You, which screened at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Julianna Guill and Cass Buggé have been cast as series regular on NBC and Universal TV’s Playground competition pilot winner SUNSET PPL. The series follows five millennial roommates who begin to question the direction their lives have taken (or stalled in neutral) when an outsider enters the fray of their world. Guill will play Talia, a beautiful, courageous and intelligent East coast student of mathematics who abandons her thesis studies to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. Buggé plays Mel, a trendy, flaky, and often vulgar young woman who teaches stand-up at a local comedy club.
Guill, who recurred on Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, is repped by APA and Luber Roklin Entertainment. Buggé, who has had arcs on Transparent and The Brink, is with APA and Bleecker Street Entertainment.
Amazon’s THE COLLECTION has cast up and begun filming. The period family saga set in the post-war Paris fashion world stars Richard Coyle, Tom Riley, Frances de la Tour, and Mamie Gummer. The eight-part series, written and exec produced by Oliver Goldstick, was greenlit by Amazon in November and is the first UK original set by the streaming service. BBC Worldwide will sell internationally.
The story focuses on an illustrious Paris fashion house, emerging from the dark days of the German Occupation. Coyle plays Paul Sabine, the couturier with a romantic vision he hopes will resuscitate a beleaguered, post-war Paris. Riley plays his brother Claude, the hidden genius behind the Sabine label. Gummer plays Paul’s American wife, and de la Tour is set as the brothers’ mother, a scheming matriarch who will stop at nothing to use her sons to help achieve her own thwarted ambitions.
The cast will also include Jenna Thiam as the working-class daughter of Sabine’s chief seamstress who becomes the iconic face of the label, as well as Max Deacon, Irène Jacob, Michael Kitchen and James Cosmo.
Coyle is repped by Toika, Untitled Entertainment, and Industry Entertainment, Riley by ICM Partners, Conway van Gelder Grant, and Principal Entertainment LA. De la Tour is with Independent Talent Group, APA, and Simons & Scott Entertainment, and Gummer is with CAA and Untitled Entertainment.
Gilmore Girl Keiko Agena is heading to Portland for a guest role on an episode of NBC’s GRIMM that intoducess a “wesen” from Japanese mythology. She will play Madoka Akagi, a second-generation Japanese-American woman who loses her teenage son, Kuma, in a devastating tragedy that her husband believes is no accident. Agena, who is repped by Joseph Le and LINK Entertainment, is best known as Lane on Gilmore Girls, a role patterned after GG producer Helen Pai who happens to have also produced Grimm.
Turman will play Ernest Bordelon, the patriarch and proud father of Nova (Rutina Wesley), Charley and Ralph Angel. An intelligent and loving man, Ernest is sugar cane farmer who has kept from his family the fact that the farm is failing, and he hasn’t brought in a successful crop in two years.
Turman, who won an Emmy in 2008 for his guest appearance on In Treatment, has also appeared in The Wire and House of Lies. He can next be seen in Jesse Owens biopic Race. Turman is repped by SMS Talent.
Tony-winner Annaleigh Ashford is set to play Columbia in Fox’s upcoming ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. The two hour musical event is not being staged live like Fox’s well-received Grease:Live this past weekend or the upcoming Passion. Filming begins in March for a fall debut.
Katia Juanita | Staff Writer