Pearl Mackie has won the role of the new companion opposite Peter Capaldi on DOCTOR WHO for the 10th season. This is Mackie’s first major television role, and with the announcement, Mackie said, “I’m incredibly excited to be joining the Doctor Who family. It’s such an extraordinary British institution, I couldn’t be prouder to call the TARDIS my home!”
Mackie replaces Jenna Coleman as she takes on the role of Bill. She describes the role as “Fantastically written, cool, strong, sharp, a little bit vulnerable with a bit of geekiness thrown in.”
Her co-star Capaldi says, “It is a genuine delight to welcome Pearl Mackie to Doctor Who. A fine, fine actress with a wonderful zest and charm, she’s a refreshing addition to the TARDIS and will bring a universe of exciting new possibilities to The Doctor’s adventures.”
Mackie is repped by APM Associates.
The Wire‘s Michael K. Williams has joined ABC’s miniseries WHEN WE RISE. The series chronicles the personal and political struggles, setbacks, and triumphs of a diverse family of men and women who helped poineer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights struggle. Williams is set as African American Community Organizer Ken Joins. He joins previously announced Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Denis O’Hare, David Hyde Pierce, Rachel Griffiths, Mary-Louise parker, and Guy Pearce.
Lucien Laviscount has landed the role of Romeo in Shondaland’s STILL STAR-CROSSED pilot for ABC. The series is set in 16th century Verona and picks up where the infamous play leaves off. Romeo and Juliet are guest-starring roles in the series that centers on Rosaline, a headstrong Capulet and Juliet’s cousin Benvolio, who are ordered to marry.
Laviscount is repped by Gersh and Industry Entertainment.
HAND OF GOD has tapped Nia Long and Brian Baumgartner for season two of the Amazon series. Long is set as Isadora “Izzy” Williams, a charming journalist who has a history with the Mayor. Baumgarnter will play Dr. Olonari, a successful and eccentric brain specialist in San Francisco.
Brian F. O’Byrne, Patina Miller and Bryce Pinkham have booked roles on season two of MERCY STREET. O’Byrne will play Allan Pinkerton, the head of the Union Intelligence Service. Miller is set as a Northern abolitionist/former slave who escaped to freedom years earlier through the Underground Railroad. Pinkham will play Major Clayton McBurney III, the new hospital chief.
Nicki Micheaux and Dorian Missick has joined TNT’s ANIMAL KINGDOM in recurring roles. The series centers on 17-year-old Joshua “J” Cody, who moves in with his wild, freewheeling grandmother and uncles in their Southern California beach town after his mother ODs. He is pulled into their life of indulgence and excess and soon discovers that it’s all being funded by the bank robberies they commit.
Micheaux is set as Sandra Yates, a focused detective who will stop at nothing to prove that she’s right about the Cody family. Missick will play Patrick, a tough cop with a sweet spot for Daniella Alonso’s Catherine.
FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES has tapped Ana de la Reguera, Tom Savini, and Marko Zaror for season three. The series is a reimagining of the 1996 movie from Robert Rodriguez. De la Reguera will play Lord Venganza Verdugo, one of the remaining culebra lords. Zaror will play Zolo, an Aztec warrior trained in hell. Savini is set as Burt, a retired demon hunter who smokes more medical marijuana than he sells.
Clark Peters has been cast in Hulu’s drama series CHANCE starring Hugh Laurie. The series is based on the novel by Kem Nunn and follows Eldon Chance (Laurie), a San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiastrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, a police corruption and mental illness. Peters will play Carl, a well-spoken and old-school antiques dealer who knows his business inside and out – as well as how to increase an object’s market value through means both legitimate and not.