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TV Casting: DAREDEVIL, AFFAIR, MYSTERY GIRLS, BESSIE, CASUAL VACANCY

Vincent D’Onofrio

Daredevil, The Affair, Mystery Girls, Bessie, The Casual Vacancy, and other television productions have all made recent TV show and TV movie casting news. These shows and movies air on Netflix, ABC, HBO, BBC, and Showtime.

Daredevil (Netflix)

Marvel and Netflix are proud to announce that acclaimed actor Vincent D’Onofrio has joined “Marvel’s Daredevil,” an all-new 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015. Best known for his critically-lauded work in “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Men in Black, “Full Metal Jacket” and “Homicide,” D’Onofrio will play Wilson Fisk, a powerful businessman whose interests in the future of Hell’s Kitchen will bring him into conflict with the blind attorney Matt Murdock and his alter ego Daredevil.

D’Onofrio joins Charlie Cox, previously announced as Matt Murdock, in the exciting cast of “Marvel’s Daredevil.”

“We’re incredibly proud to have an actor with the gravitas and versatility of Vincent joining ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’ in such an integral role,” said Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television. “Wilson Fisk is an iconic villain whose cunning and power make him the dangerous equal of our hero.”

“Marvel’s Daredevil” follows the journey of Matt Murdock, who was blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, now fighting against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.

Marvel’s first original series on Netflix is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight (“Spartacus”, “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer”, “Angel”) and Drew Goddard (“Cabin in the Woods,” “Lost,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” in addition to writing the first two episodes of “Marvel’s Daredevil”), along with Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Smallville,” “Heroes”).

“Marvel’s Daredevil” is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

The Affair (Showtime)

John Doman (The Wire, Damages) has joined Showtime’s drama pilot The Affair in a recurring role…It centers on Noah (Dominic West), a good husband and devoted father of four whose settled, comfortable world is about to implode when he meets Allison (Ruth Wilson) who he thinks is his soul mate…Doman will play Helen’s (Maura Tierney) father, Bruce.

Mystery Girls (ABC Family)

Kerri Medders is set for a recurring role opposite Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling in ABC Family’s comedy series Mystery Girls. The project follows a former starlet (Spelling) who is roped into solving crimes with her former mystery TV show costar (Garth) when a witness to a crime will only speak to the infamous ‘Mystery Girls,’ which was the highest-rated program of the 90’s. Medders…will play Charlie’s (Garth) daughter Demi, who’s just learning about her mother’s past life as a TV star. She thinks her mom’s new life, as a real-life detective, is even cooler.

Bessie (HBO)

Charles S. Dutton and Mike Epps will co-star in Bessie, HBO’s film about  Bessie Smith, with Queen Latifah playing the iconic blues singer. Also cast in the movie, written and directed by Dee Rees, is Tika Sumpter…Dutton will play William “Pa” Rainey, husband and partner to Ma Rainey (Mo’Nique)…Epps plays Richard Morgan, bootlegger and romantic interest to Bessie Smith. Sumpter plays Lucille, a chorus girl in Bessie’s troupe.

The Casual Vacancy (HBO / BBC)

Michael Gambon is set to lead HBO/BBC’s The Casual Vacancy…Starring alongside him will be Julia McKenzie (Notes on a Scandal), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Monica Dolan (Sightseers), Richard Glover (A Field in England), and many more….Jonny Campbell (Eric & Ernie) is directing from a script by Brit TV writer Sarah Phelps (EastEnders)…Gambon will play Howard Mollison, owner of a local deli, and McKenzie his wife Shirley. Rufus Jones and Keeley Hawes will play Howard’s son and daughter-in-law, respectively. Kinnear will play Parish council member Barry Fairbrother.

Also among the cast are Dolan as school guidance counselor Tess Wall; Simon McBurney as her husband, deputy headteacher Colin Wall; Glover as election candidate Simon Price; Marie Critchley as his wife Ruth Price; Keeley Forsyth as drug addict Terri Weedon; Abigail Lawrie as her daughter Krystal; and Michelle Austin as social worker Kay Bawden.

Narcos (Netflix)

Pedro Pascal is set to star in Netflix’s Pablo Escobar drama Narcos, opposite Wagner Moura (Elysium). Jose Padilha (Robocop) is directing.

Moura is locked to portray Escobar, one of the most notorious cocaine kingpins of all time. Pascal will play Javier Pena, the Mexican DEA agent who’s sent by the United States to Colombia in an attempt to capture and kill him.

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Source: Marvel, Deadline

 

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