Vinnie Jones and Luis Guzman have joined the cast of ABC’s drama series MIND GAMES which stars Christian Slater and Steve Zahn as two brothers operating a problem-solving firm via psychological manipulation. Jones will play Isaac Vincent, the psychotic employer of Sam (Jaime Ray Newman). Guzman will play Nate, one of Isaac’s henchmen who acts rough-and-tough, but has a heart of gold. Jones, repped by Innovative Artists, last appeared in “Escape Plan”, “Ambushed” and two episodes of “Elementary.” He’ll next be seen in “The 34th Battalion” and “Redirected.” Guzman, repped by Gersh, last appeared in “We’re the Millers”, “The Last Stand” and voiced Angelo in DreamWorks’ “Turbo.” He’ll next be in “Reclaim” and “In the Blood.”
It seems ABC’s ONCE UPON A TIME has found its Rapunzel. Alexandra Metz will play the fairy-tale princess in the 14th episode of the show’s third season and although she is only booked for a single episode right now, I have a feeling her character will make a quick return. Repped by Don Buchwald and Associates, Metz last appeared in two episodes of “The Originals” and Maggie Greenwald’s feature “The Last Keepers.” She’ll next be seen in Kevin Asch’s “Affluenza.”
Brianne Howey will have a recurring role on ABC Family’s TWISTED. She will play Whitney, a free spirited woman who journeys to Green Grove so she can live with her dad (Ivan Sergei). Managed by Untitled Entertainment, Howey last appeared as Audrey Stone in the mystery series “Red Scare” and as Heather Clarke on the ninth season of “Criminal Minds.” She also appeared in Anthony Hays’ short comedy “Backseat Driver.” She’ll next be seen in “ETXR” and “Horrible Bosses 2.”
Malcolm McDowell has signed on to co-star opposite Gael GarcÃa Bernal in Amazon’s comedy pilot MOZART IN THE JUNGLE. Based on Blair Tindal’s memoir and adapted by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Alex Timbers, the pilot explores the scandalous shenanigans that go on behind the curtain at the symphony. McDowell will star as Thomas, a veteran conductor forced into retirement by a new hotshot (Bernal). Managed by CR Management, McDowell most recently appeared in “Richard The Lionheart” and a few episodes of “The Mentalist.” He’ll next be seen in “How to Make Love Like an Englishman”, “Soul of a Spy” and “Artists Die Best in Black.” Also cast in the pilot are Bernadette Peters as the symphony’s Chairwoman of the Board, Lola Kirke as the oboist Hailey, Hannah Dunne as Hailey’s friend and roommate, Peter Vack as a talented dancer whom Hailey falls in love with and Saffron Burrows as a cellist who engages in an affair with Thomas.
Dan Hedaya has booked a guest appearance on Fox’s THE MINDY PROJECT. The famed character actor will play Danny’s father Alan Castellano, a role that was hinted at in a previous episode when Max Minghella’s character informs everyone that he has reconnected with his dad. Hedaya last appeared in episodes of “Person of Interest” and “Golden Boy.” On the film front, he was last seen in Diane Crespo’s “Clutter” and will next be in “American Pastoral” and “Douglas Brown.” Hedaya is repped by Gersh.
Victor Garber has landed the role of Ichabod Crane’s father on Fox’s SLEEPY HOLLOW, whether he’ll appear physically as a time traveler or only in flashbacks remains to be seen. Garber is best known for his roles as Jack Bristow on “Alias”, Ken Taylor in “Argo” and Greg in “Sleepless in Seattle.” He’ll next be seen in Jalmari Helander’s “Big Game” and Tarsem Singh’s “Selfless.” Garber is repped by UTA.
Robert Wisdom will be co-starring opposite Paul Giamatti in FX’s dark comedy pilot HOKE. Based on a book series by Charles Willeford, the pilot centers around the insane homicide detective Hoke Moseley (Giamatti) in 1985 Miami. Wisdom will play Major Brownley, Hoke’s boss and head of Homicide. Repped by Don Buchwald and Associates, Wisdom most recently appeared in the episode “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” of “Grey’s Anatomy”, Jessy Terrero’s “Freelancers” and the first and second seasons of “Nashville.” He’ll next be seen in Erik Van Looy’s thriller “The Loft.”
Regina King has joined the cast of Guillermo del Toro’s drama series THE STRAIN. She will have a recurring role as Ruby Wain, the successful manager of rock star Gabriel Bolivar (Jack Kesy). The show follows Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and his Canary Team at the CDC who are called in to solve the mystery surrounding a new deadly virus similar to an ancient strain of vampirism. Also cast in the show is Melanie Merkosky as Jim Kent’s (Sean Astin) wife. Repped by ICM, King most recently appeared in “The Big Bang Theory”, but is best known for her roles in “Southland” and “The Boondocks.”
HBO’s new comedy pilot THE BRINK has received three new additions to its cast. Pablo Schreiber, Maribeth Monroe and Geoff Pierson have joined the pilot which already has Jack Black, Tim Robbins and Aasif Mandvi attached. The pilot, written by Kim and Roberto Benabib, focuses on a geopolitical crisis and the effects it has on U.S. Secretary of State Walter Hollander, Foreign Service officer Alex Coppins and ace Navy fighter pilot Zeke Callahan. Schreiber will star as Zeke, while Monroe and Pierson play Deputy Chief of Staff Kendra Willis and Secretary of Defense Pierce Mullin respectively. Schreiber, repped by ICM, was last in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Ironside.” Monroe, repped by Gersh, was last seen as Alice Murphy in “Workaholics”, a role which she will reprise in 2014. Pierson, repped by Stone Manners Salners Agency, was last seen in the final season of “Dexter” and will be seen in the upcoming episode “Open Door Policy” of ABC’s “Suburgatory.”
Lifetime’s conspiracy-thriller series THE LOTTERY has added two new faces to its cast. Martin Donovan will have a series regular role as Darius Hayes, director of the Fertility Commission, who will do anything for the greater good. Salli Richardson-Whitfield will have a recurring guest role as Gabrielle, the first lady of the United States. Donovan, repped by Don Buchwald and Associates, most recently appeared as Leland Bennett in the third season of “Homeland” and Mira Nair’s feature “The Reluctant Fundamentalist.” He’ll next be seen in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice” and David Ayer’s “Sabotage.” Richardson-Whitfield, repped by Innovative Artists, last appeared as Jane Barrow in the second season of “The Newsroom” and Gary Wheeler’s “Teachers.” She’ll next be in Robert Townsend’s “Playin’ for Love.”
Sydney T. Poitier has nabbed a five episode arch on NBC’s “Chicago Fire” spin-off CHICAGO PD with the option to become a series regular. She will play the new detective in town, a role which will cross over into “Chicago Fire” on occasions. Poitier was last seen in a few episodes of “Kendra”, Kico Velarde’s “The Shooting Star Salesman” and Jody Lambert’s “The Mouseketeer.” She is repped by ICM.
Constance Zimmer has grabbed a recurring role on NBC’s comedy GROWING UP FISHER. She will play Allison, a confident single mother living across the hall from Mel (J.K. Simmons). Zimmer last appeared as Taylor Warren in the second season of “The Newsroom” and had short arcs on the ninth season of “Grey’s Anatomy” and the first season of “House of Cards.” She’ll next be seen in “St. Sebastian” and “Phoenix.”
Gillian Anderson will be returning to NBC’s HANNIBAL in the new year. She will reprise her role as Lecter’s psychiatrist in the first two episodes of the second season, the first of which is titled “Kaiseki.” Anderson, repped by CAA, last appeared in Netflix’s “The Fall” and Sandra Nettelbeck’s feature “Last Love”, but is best known for her performance as Special Agent Dana Scully on “The X-Files.” She’ll next be seen as Meg Fitch in NBC’s upcoming action-thriller “Crisis”, Matthew Butler’s “The Curse of The Buxom Strumpet” and Jon Wright’s “Our Robot Overlords.”
NBC’s drama pilot ODYSSEY has received its first cast member. Nate Mooney will play Bob Offer, a protestor who can’t help but see a conspiracy in everything around him. The pilot follows a female soldier, a corporate attorney, and a disrespected political activist who all become embroiled in a global military conspiracy. Managed by Industry Entertainment, Mooney most recently appeared in “Deep Dark Canyon”, “Night Moves” and as Ryan McPoyle in FX’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”
ABOUT A BOY has added two more to its cast. Jamie Denbo and John Ross Bowie have landed recurring roles on NBC’s new comedy series which is based on the feature film penned by Nick Hornby. The series revolves around Will (David Walton) and his neighbor Fiona (Minnie Driver). Denbo and Bowie, who are married in real life, will play a couple who co-own an organic toy company and hire Fiona to work for them. Repped by Pakula/King and Associates, Denbo most recently appeared in “The Heat”, the episode “Boopa-dee Bappa-dee” of “Family Guy” and the episode “Christmas” of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” Also repped by Pakula/King, Bowie appeared in “iSteve”, “Waking” and alongside Denbo in “The Heat.” He also has a guest recurring role as Barry Kripke on “The Big Bang Theory.”
Reid Scott will be lending his voice to Netflix’s upcoming kids series TURBO FAST. He will play the racing snail “Turbo” who was voiced by Ryan Reynolds in the film. Ken Jeong who played Kim Ly (the nail salon owner) in the film will reprise his role for the show. Scott was last seen in as Dan Egan in the HBO series “Veep” and Chris Lowell’s feature “Behind Still Waters.” He is repped by Gersh. Jeong last appeared as God in “Rapture-Palooza” and lent his voice to “Despicable Me 2” and a few episodes of “Bob’s Burgers.” He is repped by CAA.
Annaleigh Ashford has been promoted to a series regular on Showtime’s MASTERS OF SEX. In the show’s first season, Ashford played Betty Dimello, a young prostitute eager to help Dr. Masters (Michael Sheen) with his research. Unfortunately this means she will be departing from her Tony nominated role in the Broadway musical “Kinky Boots.” Repped by APA, Ashford most recently appeared in the episode “October Surprise” of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” She can be seen (well, actually heard) in Walt Disney Pictures’ “Frozen” which is out in theaters now.
Tim Daly has booked a multi-episode arc on TV Land’s comedy series HOT IN CLEVELAND. He will play private detective Mitch Turner, owner of the agency where Joy (Jane Leeves) works and secret admirer of Melanie (Valerie Bertinelli). Daly last appeared as Ray Harper on the episode “A’ale Ma’a Wau” of CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0”, but is best known for his roles as Dr. Pete Wilder on “Private Practice” and as Joe Montgomery Hackett on “Wings.” In the film world, he’ll next be seen in “Submerged” and “Hell of a View.” Daly is repped by UTA.
In addition to booking a role on “Growing up Fisher”, Constance Zimmer has landed a guest appearance in USA’s pilot COMPLICATIONS. She will play Dr. Laster, a psychiatrist specifically assigned to a patient who has attacked Dr. John Ellis (Jason O’Mara) and the rest of the ER staff in the past. If the pilot earns a series order, Zimmer would be bumped up to a recurring role.
Alan Ruck and Byron Mann have been cast in USA’s drama pilot THE NOVICE which already has Shane Coffey attached. The series follows Kyle (Coffey) a recent college graduate who moves back in with his parents and lands a job working for a Korean crime organization. Ruck will play Kyle’s father and pro machinist Bill Jones, while Mann plays crime boss and restaurant owner Johnny Joo. Repped by APA, Ruck most recently appeared in “Shanghai Calling”, the episode “Gut Check” of “NCIS” and a few episodes of “Masters of Sex.” Repped by Metropolitan, Mann most recently appeared in “A Stranger in Paradise”, “Hon Jin” and the first season of “Arrow.” He’ll next be seen in Dax Phelan’s thriller “Jasmine.”