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TV Casting: THE GIFTED, AMERICAN GODS, Barry Jenkins directing THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, & More

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The Gifted, American Gods, The Underground Railroad, and other TV Show Casting

The Gifted, American Gods, The Underground Railroad, and other TV productions have made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on: Fox, Starz, Amazon Studios, and CBS All Access. Beware of spoilers in these casting announcements.

The Gifted (Fox)

Grace Byers has been cast as Reeva, “a member of the Inner Circle…She is described as a smart, charming, authoritative, elegant, beautiful woman who is ruthless in her efforts to fight for her people. She leads an elite band of followers and has a soft spot for her new recruits, but is still capable of extreme violence in defense of her vision.”

Byers joins already cast: Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale, Jamie Chung, Coby Bell, Emma Dumont, Blair Redford, Natalie Alyn Lind, and Percy Hynes White.

The Gifted’s plot synopsis: “The Gifted tells the emotional story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their teenage children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family seeks help from an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.”

American Gods (Starz)

Dean Winters has been cast as Mr. Town, “who is tasked with tracking down Shadow and finding out what he knows about Mr. Wednesday’s plan. Town’s methods are brutally efficient and may help him get to the root of his and World’s curious questions.”

Devery Jacobs has been cast as Sam Black Crow, “a college student that is spiritually cynical for someone, despite claiming to believe in so much. She lives life with fierce confidence and openness, selling the chainsaw art she carves by the roadside for extra money.”

Kahyun Kim has been cast as New Media, “the goddess of global content — and in this age, a cyberspace chameleon, who is also a master of manipulation. She will be a new, younger version of the character following Anderson’s portrayal of Media in season one.”

These actors and actress join already cast: Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Ricky Whittle, Orlando Jones, Pablo Schreiber, Peter Stormare, and Crispin Glover.

American Gods‘ plot synopsis (spoilers): based on the novel by Neil Gaiman, “When Shadow Moon is released from prison, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday and a storm begins to brew. Little does Shadow know, this storm will change the course of his entire life. Left adrift by the recent, tragic death of his wife, and suddenly hired as Mr. Wednesday’s bodyguard, Shadow finds himself in the center of a world that he struggles to understand.

It’s a world where magic is real, where the Old Gods fear both irrelevance and the growing power of the New Gods, like Technology and Media. Mr. Wednesday seeks to build a coalition of Old Gods to defend their existence in this new America, and reclaim some of the influence that they’ve lost. As Shadow travels across the country with Mr. Wednesday, he struggles to accept this new reality, and his place in it.”

American Gods: Season 2 will premiere on Starz in 2019.

The Underground Railroad (Amazon Studios)

Barry Jenkins will direct all eleven episodes of the limited TV series.

The Underground Railroad‘s plot synopsis: based on the book by Colson Whitehead, “The Underground Railroad follows Cora, a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia who is an outcast even amongst her fellow Africans and is struggling coming into womanhood when she meets Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia who informs her of The Underground Railroad, inspiring them both to take the risk and escape to freedom.”

Amazon Studios has not set a release date yet for The Underground Railroad.

Tell Me A Story (CBS All Access)

Danielle Campbell has been cast as Kayla, beautiful “and full of anger, Kayla has just moved from Oakland to New York with her dad. She lost her mother a year ago and since then has strayed from her once promising path – hanging with the wrong crowd, partying…anything to distract from the pain and grief of her mother’s death.”

This actress joins already cast Billy Magnussen and Kim Cattrall.

Kevin Williamson is writing the screenplays for Tell Me A Story.

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