Lucas Till has won the titular role of MACGYVER in CBS’s reboot series. The reimagining of the classic 80s show follows a resourceful and ingenious agent who improvises his way out of sticky situations using everyday items like rubber bands, chewing gum, and a Swiss Army knife. Joining him is Joshua Boone as Gunner, MacGyver’s best friend from high school.
Till is best known for playing the mutant Havok in the X-Men franchise and will reprise the role in May’s X-Men: Apocalypse. He is also set to star in 2017’s Monster Trucks.
Helen Hunt, Richard Dreyfuss, Stephen Moyer, and Will Patton have booked roles on SHOTS FIRED, the event series from Fox starring Sanaa Lathan and Stephan James. The series examines the dangerous aftermath of racially charged shootings in a small town. Hunt will play Patricia Eamons, the fictional governor of North Carolina. Dreyfus is set as Arlen Cox, a real estate mogul and private owner of a privatized prison. Moyer is set as Officer Breeland, a seasoned veteran in the town’s Sheriff’s Department.
Guy Pearce, Mary-Louse Parker, and Rachel Griffiths have been tapped for lead roles in WHEN WE RISE, the seven episode event series from ABC. Written and executive produced by Milk‘s Dustin Lance Black, the series chronicles the personal and political struggles, setbacks and triumphs of a diverse family of men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. civil rights struggle. Pearce will play LGBT activist Cleve Jones, Parker will play women’s rights leader Roma Guy, and Griffiths will play Parker’s wife, social justice activist Diane. Gus Van Sant will direct the two-hour premiere.
Pearce is repped by CAA, Independent Talent Group in the UK, and Shanahan Management in Australia. Parker is repped by WME. Griffiths is repped by WME, Markham Froggatt and Irwin in the UK, and Shanahan Management in Australia.
Tim Roth and Samantha Morton have been set to star in the three-part serial killer story RILLINGTON PLACE from BBC One. The miniseries focuses on the true tale of murdered John Christie, his wife Ethel and their neighbor Timothy Evans, who all lived at Number 10 Rillington Place in London’s Notting Hill. Roth will play Christie and Morton is set as Ethel.
Franka Potente has joined the Tom Hardy-starrer TABOO from FX/BBC, Ridley Scott, and Steven Knight. The series is set in 1814 and follows Hardy as James Keziah Delaney a man who has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocable changed. Believed to be long dead, he returns home to London from Africa to inherit what is left of his father’s shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself. But his father’s legacy is a poisoned chalice, and with enemies lurking in every dark corner, James must navigate increasingly complex territories to avoid his own death sentence.
Potente is repped by Gersh and Thruline.
TWIN PEAKS has booked Ana de la Reguera and Hugh Dillon. The new installment of David Lynch’s groundbreaking mystery series has already started production with Kyle MachLachlan leading a cast of new and returning characters.
Inbar Lavi, Marina Benedict, and Kunal Sharma have been tapped for for Fox’s PRISON BREAK event series. Lavi is set as a beautiful and smart operator/fixer/activist, Benedict is A&W, a crazed villainess who is unconcerned about her physical well-being but efficient in completing her dead goals, and Sharma will play Sid, who’s artsy, wired – and in prison.
THE GREAT INDOORS has added Susannah Fielding as Brooke, the daughter of Stephen Fry who is in charge of co-running the magazine with him. The series follows Joel McHale as an adventure reporter who must adapt to the times when he becomes boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of their magazine.
Fielding is repped by ICM Partners.
The Daily Show‘s Aasif Mandvi has joined LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS for Netflix and MR. ROBOT for USA, both in recurring roles. In the children’s series, Mandvi will play eccentric Uncle Monty who the Baudelaire children are sent to live with. For Mr. Robot, Mandvi has been set as Jesse, a special agent who is a bit of a “dog.”
Mandvi is repped by ICM Partners and Sweet 180.
Liche Ariza has joined NBC’s comedy pilot from Vladimir Caamano. The untitled project is inspired Caamano but the comedian’s real-life family dynamic living with his Dominican father and older brother in the Bronx. Ariza will play Julio, Vlad’s father.
Ariza is repped by Clear Talent Group.
Judy Greer’s untitled comedy from Laura Steinel has added Esai Morales, Veronica Osorio, and Lateefah Holder. The series centers on Jane (Greer), the overused and underappreciated head of Human Resources for a plastics molding plant, who is caught between trying to manage her charmingly incompetent HR department and an eccentric new CEO Sam, who dreams of bringing the New Jersey plastics plant into the future. Morales is set as Bruce, a guy who is usually unclogging toilets or fixing someone’s foot heater, he always has a pleasant, chill, and strangely sexy demeanor. Osorio will play Tanya, a real Jersey girl who started as Jane’s assistant but worked her way up to payroll and severances. Holder is set as Effie, a factory worker at BS Plastics who makes dramatic, impassioned pleas to keep the soda machines.
Emily J | Staff Writer