Sean Harris and Yetide Badaki have been tapped for roles in AMERICAN GODS. The Starz series is based on the book by Neil Gaiman and follows a war brewing between old and new gods. The traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world are steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity, and drugs. Harris will play Mad Sweeney, a down on his luck leprechaun while Badaki plays Bilquis, an ancient goddess of love who craves worship she inspired in eras long gone. Ian McShane also stars in the series.
SPEECHLESS has added John Ross Bowie to the cast. He joins previously cast Minnie Driver. The series centers on a family with a special-needs child that is good at dealing with the challenges it faces and excellent at creating new ones. Bowie is set as the father, Jimmy, who attempts to provide every last laugh he can wring out of a sometimes difficult life.
Bowie is repped by Pakula/King and Principato/Young.
FOUR STARS has signed up Bojana Novakovic for the female lead opposite Wilmer Valderrama. The drama pilot centers on two powerful rival families in the military community of Tampa, FL – the Buckleys and the Rodriguezes – who make decisions at the highest levels in the interest of national security. Novakovic has won the role of Ali Buckley, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated investigative journalist and the daughter of four-star special ops legend General Buckley.
Keir O’Donnell and Billy Gardell have landed roles in MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET. The project is an eight-episode drama inspired by the Broadway musical for CMT. It is a coming-of-age story set in Memphis during the tumultuous early days of the civil rights movement, and tells the true story of young musicians Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis who combined the styles of hillbilly country with the 1950s R&B sound and changed the course of music forever.
Rachel Hurd-Wood has joined ABC pilot SPARK. The project is a lavish primetime drama series of passion, greed, and hope in a Steampunk reality, circa 2016. Hurd-Wood would play Keira Stockton, who is being groomed by her mother to take over the Stockton Coal Company one day.
Emily J | Staff Writer