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TV Casting: TREADSTONE; WATCHMEN; Anna Paquin in THE AFFAIR, & More

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Treadstone, Watchmen, The Affair, and other TV Show Casting

Treadstone, Watchmen, The Affair, and other TV productions have made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on: DC Universe, CBS All Access, HBO, USA, Showtime, The CW, and Hulu. Beware of spoilers in these casting announcements.

Treadstone (USA)

Jeremy Irvine has been cast as J. Randolph Bentley, a CIA spy sent to eliminate a key target.

Brian J. Smith has been cast as Doug McKenna, an oil-rig worker whose life changes after some truths about who he is come to light.

Treadstone‘s plot synopsis: “Treadstone explores the origin story and present-day actions of a CIA black ops program known as Treadstone, a covert operation that uses behavior modification protocol to turn its agents into nearly unstoppable superhuman assassins. Jason Bourne, the central character in Universal Pictures’ Bourne film franchise, was a product of the program. The series follows new sleeper agents across the globe as they’re mysteriously “awakened” to resume their deadly missions.”

Tim Kring is writing the screenplay for the series. Ramin Bahrani will direct the pilot episode of the series.

The Affair (Showtime)

Oscar® and Golden Globe® Award winner Anna Paquin (True Blood) has signed on as a series regular for the fifth and final season of the critically acclaimed SHOWTIME drama series, THE AFFAIR. Paquin will play a pivotal role as Alison and Cole’s now adult daughter Joanie Lockhart, who returns some years in the future to a climate-change ravaged Montauk to piece together the truth about what happened to her mother, bringing the whole story full circle.

The Golden Globe winning drama series, created by WGA Award-winning playwright, writer/producer and showrunner Sarah Treem (House of Cards, In Treatment), and executive produced by Treem, Jessica Rhoades (Sharp Objects), Hagai Levi (In Treatment), and Michele Giordono (Nurse Jackie), will return to the network in 2019. Currently in production, the series explores the emotional and psychological effects of an affair that destroyed two marriages, and the crime that brings these individuals back together.

Paquin was one of the youngest-ever actors to win the Oscar, taking home the coveted trophy in 1993 for her brilliant turn opposite Holly Hunter in The Piano. She later earned a Golden Globe win for her performance as Sookie Stackhouse in the drama series True Blood. She earned Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG nominations for her work in the mini-series Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. Her television credits include the mini-series Alias Grace, Susanna and Bellevue, which she executive produced. Her film credits include The Irishman, Tell It To The Bees, The Parting Glass, the X-Men franchise, The Squid and The Whale, Finding Forester, Almost Famous and A Walk on the Moon.

Season four found Noah (Golden Globe nominee Dominic West), Helen (Golden Globe winner Maura Tierney), Alison (Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson) and Cole (Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Joshua Jackson) in their own orbits, alienated from each other, spinning further and further away from where they all began. Season five will chronicle the aftermath of the season finale’s horrific events and find the characters coming to terms with the consequences of their choices – as they make the realization that if they really want to change their futures, they must first, face the past. This final season is about how everything does really fall apart in the end, but somewhere in that wreckage, the seeds of change finally sprout. In addition to West and Tierney, the season five series regulars include Julia Goldani Telles and Jadon Sand as Noah and Helen’s children, Whitney and Trevor Solloway; and Sanaa Lathan, as Janelle, Noah’s love interest. Previously announced guest star Claes Bang (The Girl in the Spider’s Web) will play Sasha Mann, a charismatic movie star and love interest for Helen. Emily Browning, Omar Metwally, Russell Hornsby, John Doman, Kathleen Chalfant, Max Fowler, Abigail Dylan Harrison and Jake Siciliano will also guest star.

Veronica Mars (Hulu)

Patton Oswalt has been cast as Penn Epner, “a talkative pizza delivery guy who has the passion for “true crime.”  He is a frequent poster on unsolved murder websites. Penn is affable and a bit hapless, and he’s going to milk his 15 minutes for all they’re worth.”

This actor joins already cast: Kirby Howell-BaptisteMax Greenfield, Jason Dohring, Francis Capra, Percy Daggs III, and David Starzyk.

Veronica Mars‘ plot synopsis: “Spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune, thereby decimating the seaside town’s lifeblood tourist industry. After Mars Investigations is hired by the parents of one of the victims to find their son’s killer, Veronica is drawn into an epic eight-episode mystery that pits the enclave’s wealthy elites, who would rather put an end to the month-long bacchanalia, against a working class that relies on the cash influx that comes with being the West Coast’s answer to Daytona Beach.”

Rob Thomas is writing the screenplay for the first episode.

The Undoing (HBO)

Susanne Bier has been hired to direct the TV mini-series.

Nicole Kidman has been previously cast as the star of the mini-series.

The Undoing‘s plot synopsis: “The Undoing is the story of Grace Sachs (Kidman), who is a successful therapist with a book on the way, a good marriage and a son in a private school in New York City. It’s described as: ‘Weeks before her book is published, a chasm opens in her life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.’”

Watchmen (HBO)

Jeremy Irons, previously cast in an unspecified role, has been revealed to be playing an older version of Adrian Veidt a.k.a. Ozymandias.

Jean Smart has been cast as Agent Blake, an “mysterious FBI agent.”

This actor joins already cast: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sara Vickers, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, and Andrew Howard.

Damon Lindelof is writing the screenplays for the series.

Nicole Kassell is directing the pilot episode.

Swamp Thing (DC Universe)

Henderson Wade has been cast as Matt Cable, “Sheriff Lucilia Cable’s son. He is described as a Louisiana lawman who finds himself in dire straits when supernatural evil threatens the town he’s sworn to protect. Matt is also Abby Arcane’s childhood friend.”

The actress joins already cast Will Patton, Jeryl Prescott, Jennifer Beals, Andy Bean, Virginia Madsen, Crystal Reed, and Maria Sten.

Swamp Thing‘s plot synopsis: “Swamp Thing follows Abby Arcane (Reed) as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana but soon discovers that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. When unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe.”

Mark Verheiden and Gary Dauberman will write the screenplays for the series.

Len Wiseman will direct the pilot episode.

The TV series will premiere in 2019.

The Good Fight (CBS All Access)

Michael Sheen has been cast as Roland Blum, “a “brilliant, charismatic and Machiavellian lawyer. He is a man of appetites — drugs, sex, you name it — who’s far more interested in winning than the niceties of following the law.”

This actor joins already cast: Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo, Rose Leslie, Audra McDonald, Sarah Steele, Justin Bartha, Michael Boatman, Nyambi Nyambi and Delroy Lindo.

The Good Fight: Season 3’s plot synopsis: “Diane Lockhart (Baranski) tries to figure out whether you can resist a crazy administration without going crazy yourself, while Adrian Boseman (Lindo) and Liz Reddick-Lawrence (McDonald) struggle with a new post-factual world where the lawyer who tells the best story triumphs over the lawyer with the best facts. Meanwhile, Lucca Quinn (Jumbo) balances a new baby with a new love, and Maia Rindell ( Leslie) finds a new Mephistopheles in Roland Blum (Sheen), a Roy Cohn-like lawyer who is corruption incarnate.”

Riverdale (The CW)

Kelly Ripa has been cast as Mrs. Mulwray, mistress of Veronica’s father Hiram Lodge.

This actor joins already cast: KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Ashleigh Murray, Cole Sprouse, Madelaine Petsch, Mark Consuelos, Casey Cott, Skeet Ulrich, Mädchen Amick, Luke Perry, and Vanessa Morgan.

Riverdale: Season 3’s plot synopsis: “Archie and the gang continues to dive into the secrets that loom and keep emerging from the shadows in a town that once seemed like a quiet, ordinary place. The circumstances surrounding Archie’s arrest kick off the drama of season three as the gang tries to #FreeArchie and Hiram Lodge continues to flesh out his plans to control not only Riverdale, but the ever growing SoDale.”

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