The Battles of Versailles, Chicago Justice, MacGyver, and other TV productions have made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on HBO, NBC, and CBS.
Lucas Till has been cast as Angus MacGyver in the reboot of the TV series that previously starred Richard Dean Anderson. The reboot pilot episode will be directed by David Von Ancken and was written by Paul Downs Colaizzo.
The reboot follows “is a reimagining of the original…[and] will follow a 20-something (Till) who gets recruited into a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening.”
The Battle of Versailles (HBO)
Based on the book by Robin Givhan, Ava DuVernay will direct the film and co-write it with Michael Starrbury.
the film will tell the story of the November 1973 fashion show that took place at the Palace of Versailles, pitting the top five French designers against five relatively unknown Americans in front of an audience of the world’s social elite.
When the night of Nov. 28, 1973 was over, American fashion would be reborn; the careers of Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Anne Klein, Halston and Stephen Burrows would be ignited; racial barriers would be shattered; and the fashion industry would be forever transformed.
When We Rise (ABC)
Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker, and Rachel Griffiths have joined the event series. Gus Van Sant is directing the two hour premiere.
Guy Pearce has been cast as LGBT activist Cleve Jones. He became part of the the gay liberation movement in 1972, “founded the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, and led the National March for Equality in 2009.” Austin McKenzie will play young Cleve Jones.
Mary-Louise Parker has been cast as women’s rights leader Roma Guy, a Public Health Commissioner and a co-founder of the San Francisco Women’s Building. Emily Skeggs will play young Roma Guy.
Rachel Griffiths will play Roma Guy’s wife and social justice activist Diane, co-founder of the San Francisco Women’s Building and worked in the San Francisco General Hospital as an HIV/AIDS nurse for 33 years. Fiona Dourif will play young Diane.
Also cast are Austin McKenzie (“Spring Awakening”) as the young Cleve Jones; Emily Skeggs (“Fun Home”) as the young Roma Guy; newcomer Jonathan Majors as the young Ken Jones; and Fiona Dourif (“The Master”) as the young Diane.
Franka Potente has been cast in the upcoming TV series. She will play a business-minded madam who shares a history with James (Tom Hardy).
Rillington Place (BBC)
Tim Roth and Samantha Morton have been cast in three-part serial killer story.
Tim Roth will play murderer John Christie.
Samantha Morton will play John’s wife Ethel Christie.
Told from each of their viewpoints, the story explores the relationships and individual actions that led to a tragic miscarriage of justice, which contributed to the abolition of capital punishment in Britain.
Chicago Justice (NBC)
Carl Weathers has been cast as State’s Attorney Mark Jefferies, “a respected, grounded intellectual with admirable gravitas.”
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