TV Pilot & Series Casting (1.16.14)
Ross Marquand will join the zombie killing cast of THE WALKING DEAD as a season regular in season five. Marquand will be introduced in the second half of the season as a yet to be announced character. Marquand is repped by UTA and Leslie Allan-Rice Management.
Richard Armitage is set to join six episodes of NBC’s HANNIBAL. The Hobbit star will play serial killer Francis Dolarhyde, who goes by the villain name “The Tooth Fairy” because of his sharp set of teeth. Armitage is repped by United Agents, WME and Management 360.
Luis Guzman and Finesse Mitchell have signed to star in the upcoming comedy pilot ROADIES. The show follows the roadies of a hot-ticket concert tour as they follow the band around. Guzman will play Gooch, the band’s bus driver and Mitchell will play Harvey, the band’s tour accountant. Guzman is repped by Gersh. Mitchell is repped by ICM Partners and Laugh Factory Management Company.
Colm Meaney and Charlotte Nicdao have been cast in Matthew Graham’s six-hour miniseries CHILDHOOD’S END. The series, based on Arthur C. Clarke’s classic by the same name, follows the peaceful alien invasion of Earth which begins decades of utopia under indirect alien rule, at the cost of human identity and culture. Meaney will play Wainwright, the powerful, confident owner of a major news organization. Nicdao will play Rachel Osaka, a brilliant and energetic zoologist. They join previously cast Julian McMahon, Daisy Betts, Mike Vogel, Charles Dance, Ashley Zuckerman, Osy Ikhile,and Yael Stone. Universal Cable Productions will produce. Meaney is repped by ICM Partners, Troika, and Gold Coast Management. Nicdao is repped by repped by JM Agency in Australia.
Eric McCormack will reunite with Debra Messing on the small screen in the new NBC drama THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA. The show revolves around detective Laura Diamond (Messing) who is forced to work with her ex-husband as her boss and juggle the care taking of her two out of control twin boys. McCormick and Messing previously starred in the hugely popular sitcom Will & Grace. McCormick is repped by ICM Partners and Coronel Group.
James Martinez joins the cast of drama pilot QUEEN OF THE SOUTH. The show, based on the telenovela La Reina Del Sur, follows Teresa Medoza, played by Alice Braga,who is forced on the run after her drug dealing boyfriend is murdered. Martinez will play Gato Fierros, the right-hand man of vicious drug lord. Martinez is repped by Stone Manners Salners Agency and Sweet180.
Joe Doyle, Lucy Lawless, Stuart Townsend and Oliver Bell have joined the cast of hit supernatural thriller
SALEM. The show, set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts, centers around the idea that the Salem witches were real, but they were not who or what they seemed. Doyle is signed on as a regular while Lawless and Townsend are serving recurring guest roles. Lawless is repped by APA, Auckland Actors, and Valeo Entertainment. Townsend is repped by Jonathan Arun Talent and UTA. Bell is repped by ABA and LSI Talent Management.