Locke & Key, The Terror, Stargirl, and other TV Show Casting
Locke & Key, The Terror, Stargirl, and other TV productions have made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on: Netflix, AMC, DC Universe, Showtime, and TNT. Beware of spoilers in these casting announcements.
Sivan Alyra Rose has been cast as Sasha Yazzie, “a seventeen-year-old whose world is as big as what’s in front of her. But an untimely heart attack and subsequent complications from her donor set her life on a path riddled with sinister twists. What starts out as a mission to understand the mystery surrounding her heart donor’s death becomes a quest to understand her true identity and the darkness growing inside her.”
Lilliya Reid has been cast as Becky Lefevre, “a Suburban Prom Queen whose perfect veneer hides a much more complicated truth. After Becky dies in a tragic accident, her heart saves Sasha’s life — before creating many complications. Thurman is set to play Nancy, Reid’s mother, who forges a hesitant relationship with Sasha only to find her daughter may not be as dead as she thought.”
Nicholas Galitzine has been cast as Elliott Lefevre, “a charming, nihilistic rich kid hell-bent on throwing it all away. Newly sober and still privately reeling from his twin sister Becky’s death, Elliot is determined to move on with his life and keep his past behind him. Until he meets Sasha.”
Kyanna Simone has been cast as Yvonne, “Sasha’s best friend. Growing up in the same low-income housing development, Yvonne lives at home with two younger brothers, her father, and her terminally ill mother.”
Lilli Kay has been cast as Penelope, “Becky’s highly unusual childhood best friend. Although their friendship fell apart, Penelope has never fully let Becky go — her obsession growing even deeper after her death and transferring onto Sasha.”
Sarah Mezzanotte has been cast as Marnie, “a popular perfectionist who is happy to be the best at everything now that Becky’s gone. Marnie keeps a close eye on Sasha, but her motives are put into question when it’s revealed her parents are the head of a New Age organization with questionable ideals.”
Griffin Powell-Arcand has been cast as TJ, “Sasha’s boyfriend. A track star who gets bussed in from the reservation, he’s the pride of Cottonwood High. He’s good inside and street-smart, but most importantly, he loves Sasha. TJ is her rock and when Sasha starts to worry that there’s something’s wrong with her new heart, TJ struggles to keep the closeness they once had while at the same school.”
These actors and actresses join already cast Uma Thurman.
Chambers‘ plot synopsis: “Chambers centers on a young heart attack survivor who becomes consumed by the mystery surrounding the heart that saved her life. However, the closer she gets to uncovering the truth about her donor’s sudden death, the more she starts taking on the characteristics of the deceased — some of which are troublingly sinister.”
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is directing the pilot episode written by Leah Rachel.
Chambers will air in 2019 on Netflix.
Spinning Out (Netflix)
Johnny Weir has been cast as a unspecified rival character to the lead characters in this TV series.
This actor joins already cast: Kaya Scodelairo, Emma Roberts, Evan Roderick, Sarah Wright Olsen, Will Kemp, Kaitlyn Leeb, Amanda Zhou, and Mitchell Edwards.
Spinning Out‘s plot synopsis: “It will follow the story of Kat Baker (Scodelario), an up-and-coming, high-level single skater who’s about to turn in her skates after a disastrous fall took her off the competition track. When Kat seizes an opportunity to continue her career as a pair skater with a talented bad-boy partner, she risks exposing a fiercely kept secret that could unravel her entire life. On and off the ice, Kat and her new partner will face daunting odds, injury to body and soul, financial sacrifice, and even potential mental breakdown on their way to realizing their Olympic dream.”
Locke & Key (Netflix)
Connor Jessup has been cast as Tyler Locke.
Emilia Jones has been cast as Kinsey Locke.
This actor and actress join already cast Jackson Robert Scott.
Locke & Key‘s plot synopsis: based on the comic book by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, “Locke & Key is a horror/fantasy series that revolves around three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Massachusetts only to find the house has magical keys that give them a vast array of powers and abilities. Little do they know, a devious demon also wants the keys, and will stop at nothing to attain them.”
Carlton Cuse, Joe Hill, and Aron Eli Coleite wrote the screenplay for the pilot episode of this TV series.
The Terror (AMC)
George Takei has been cast as a unspecified character in the TV series.
Kiki Sukezane has been cast as a character “connected to Chester Nakayama (Derek Milo)’s past.”
Miki Ishikawa has been cast as a “friend to the Nakayama family.”
Shingo Usami has been cast as Chester’s father.
Naoko Mori has been cast as Chester’s mother.
The Terror: Season 2’s plot synopsis: “The next iteration of The Terror anthology will be set during World War II and center on an uncanny specter that menaces a Japanese-American community from its home in Southern California to the internment camps to the war in the Pacific.”
The Terror: Season 2 will air in 2019 on AMC.
Stargirl (DC Universe)
Henry Thomas has been cast as Dr. Charles McNider / Dr. Mid-Nite, who’s alter-ego was surgeon Dr. Charles McNider, is a brilliant and forward-thinking medical pioneer. He is a founding member of the Justice Society of America.
Joy Osmanski has been cast as Tigress, a lethal criminal lethal described as “Protecting and providing for her family, Paula Brooks hunts the world’s most dangerous game – humans – as the Tigress.” She is a member of The Injustice Society.
Neil Hopkins has been cast as Lawrence “Crusher” Crock / Sportsmaster, “a longtime enemy of the Justice Society of America described as “He sees his criminal pursuits as a game to win — and his competitors as targets to kill. The only thing more important to Crock than ‘the game’ is his family.” He is a member of The Injustice Society.
Nelson Lee has been cast as mastermind Dragon King, who is described as “a deadly and mysterious hooded man…this controversial scientist has been experimenting on himself and his victims since the 1940s.” He is a member of The Injustice Society.
These actors and actress joins already cast: Joel McHale, Giancarlo Esposito, Anjelika Washington, and Brec Bassinger.
Stargirl‘s plot synopsis: “Stargirl will follows the story of Courtney Whitmore who is a smart, athletic and above all else kind girl. This high school teenager’s seemingly perfect life hits a major speedbump when her mother gets married and her new family moves from Los Angeles, California to Blue Valley, Nebraska. Struggling to adapt to a new school, make new friends and deal with a new step-family, Courtney discovers her step-father has a secret; he used to be the sidekick to a superhero. “Borrowing” the long-lost hero’s cosmic staff, Courtney becomes the unlikely inspiration for an entirely new generation of superheroes.
Geoff Johns will be writing the screenplays for the series.
The Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance (Netflix)
Taron Egerton has been cast as Gelfling hero Rian.
Anya Taylor-Joy has been cast as Gelfling hero Brea.
Nathalie Emmanuel has been cast as Gelfling hero Deet.
Helena Bonham-Carter, Eddie Izzard, Andy Samberg, and Alicia Vikander have been cast in unspecified roles.
The Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance‘s plot synopsis: “The Age of Resistance takes place before the events in 1982’s The Dark Crystal, and tells a new epic story, set many years before the movie, and realized using classic puppetry with cutting-edge visual effects. The world of Thra is dying. The Crystal of Truth is at the heart of Thra, a source of untold power. But it is damaged, corrupted by the evil Skeksis, and a sickness spreads across the land. When three Gelfling uncover the horrific truth behind the power of the Skeksis, an adventure unfolds as the fires of rebellion are lit and an epic battle for the planet begins.”
Jeffrey Addiss, Will Matthews, and Javier Grillo-Marxuach wrote the screenplays for the Louis Leterrier-directed TV series.
The Affair (Showtime)
Lyriq Bent has been cast as Paul, “the husband of Joanie (Anna Paquin), sports agent and father of their two daughters. He struggles to keep his wife from falling off the cliff of depression, as they get closer and closer to a terrifying inevitability.”
This actor joins already cast: Dominic West, Maura Tierney, Ruth Wilson, Joshua Jackson, Julia Goldani Telles, Jadon Sand, Sanaa Lathan, Claes Bang, Emily Browning, Omar Metwally, Russell Hornsby, John Doman, Kathleen Chalfant, Max Fowler, Abigail Dylan Harrison, and Jake Siciliano.
The Affair: Season 5’s plot synopsis: “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.”
The I-Land (Netflix)
Clara Wong has been cast as Carol, “who is tough, athletic, cruel, with a sardonic sense of humor.”
This actor joins already cast: Kyle Schmid, Kate Bosworth, Natalie Martinez, and Alex Pettyfer.
The I-Land’s plot synopsis: “The I-Land, when ten people wake up on a treacherous island with no memory of who they are or how they got there, they set off on a trek to try to get back home. They soon discover this world is not as it seems. Faced with the island’s extreme psychological and physical challenges, they must rise to their better selves — or die as their worst ones.”
Neil Labute wrote the screenplays for the series.
Beast Mode (TNT)
Geffri Maya has been cast as Kerry, “Marsha’s (Anika Noni Rose) daughter and the woman who essentially runs the gym while her mother trains the fighters. Kerry loves her family but is growing increasingly frustrated by her mom’s ego.”
This actress joins already cast: Anika Noni Rose and Chanté Adams.
Beast Mode‘s plot synopsis: “Pulling herself and her two daughters up from poverty, abuse, homelessness and criminality, Marsha Blackstone (Rose) reached the pinnacle of boxing as a fighter and has become equally as successful a trainer known for unconventional methods and a fiercely combative style. Driven by the belief that any step backward is a slippery slope to her former life, when the boxer Marsha trained to a world title fires her, this complex and inspiring woman is determined to find a new fighter to eclipse the one she lost. But her emotional baggage and militant style could be her undoing in her professional and personal life, especially with her two grown daughters, and a new baby on the way.”
David Schneiderman wrote the screenplay for the Tina Mabry-directed pilot episode.
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