Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecker have joined the cast of Joss Wheedon’s pilot S.H.I.E.L.D. The project is based on Marvel Comic’s intelligence organization associated with the likes of Iron Man, Captain America and The Hulk. Henstridge will play scientist Agent Gemma Simmons. De Caestecker will play Agent Leo Fit, a technological genius. Henstridge will next be seen in the ensemble comedy “Reach Me”. She is repped by Marcus & McCrimmon. De Caestecker currently stars in the series “The Secret of Crickley Hall”. He is repped by Hamilton Hodell and WME.
Matthew Lillard has joined the cast of the crime drama THE BRIDGE. The project centers on two detectives, one American and one Mexican, on opposite sides of the border who must work together to take down a serial killer. Lillard will play Daniel Frye, a hard partying and cocky reporter in El Paso whose career has been derailed from his antics. Lillard starred in this year’s films “Fat Kid Rules the World” and “Trouble with the Curve”. He will next be seen in “One of our Own”. He is repped by Paradigm. Catalina Sandino Moreno will play detective Marco Ruiz’s (Demian Bichir) second wife, who stays at home taking care of their children while he works. Moreno recently starred in the “Eclipse” installment of the “Twilight” series as well as “For Greater Glory”. She is repped by UTA.
Rob Kazinsky has joined the cast of Alan Ball’s TRUE BLOOD. He will play Ben, a charismatic faerie who helps Sookie and Jason uncover the truth behind their parents murders. Kazinsky starred in this year’s war pic “Red Tails” and will next be seen in Guillermo del Toro’s highly anticipated “Pacific Rim”. He is repped by Gersh.
Grace Gummer will be joining the cast of Aaron Sorkin’s THE NEWSROOM. She will play Hallie Shea, a reporter covering Mitt Romney’s campaign during the election. In the past, Gummer has starred in the series “Gigantic” and “Smash” and will next be seen in the comedy “Frances Ha”. She is repped by CAA.
Mena Suvari and Henry Simmons have joined the cast of the original TV-movie STALKERS, joining leads Drea De Mateo and Jodi Lyn O’Keefe. The project centers on a loose-cannon cop (Mateo) and district attorney (O’Keefe) who work together to bring a stalker (Suvari) to justice. Simmons will play Mateo’s partner. Best known for her break-out role in “American Beauty”, Suvari recently starred in the pilot for NBC’s “Happy Valley”, which got picked up to series. She is repped by ICM. Simmons was a regular on “NYPD Blue” and CBS’ “Shark”. He will next be seen in the film “No Good Deed”. He is repped by APA.
Sarah Baker has been upgraded to a regular on the Matthew Perry top-lined GO ON. On the show she stars as cat lover Sonia, a member of Perry’s therapy group. Baker also had a supporting role in this year’s political comedy “The Campaign”. She is repped by Pakula/King & Associates.
Zach McGowan, Luke Arnold and Jessica Parker Kennedy have joined the cast of the pirate series BLACK SAILS. McGowan will play Captain Charles Vane, an arch-nemesis to the series’ protagonist, Captain Flint. Arnold will play the famous sailor John Silver, years before his well known exploits. Kennedy will play Max, a tortured prostitute. McGowan currently stars as Jody on the Showtime series “Shameless”. He is repped by Innovative Artists. Arnold, who is repped by WME, starred in the 2009 “Broken Hill”. Kennedy stars in The CW’s “90210” and was seen in the films “In Time” and “50/50”. She is repped by Gersh.