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TV Casting: SWAMP THING; TITANS; GOOD LORD BIRD; Freddie Prinze Jr. in NANCY DREW Pilot; & More

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TV Show Casting for Swamp Thing, Titans, Good Lord Bird, Nancy Drew, and More

Swamp Thing, Titans, Good Lord Bird, Nancy Drew, and other TV productions have made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on: The CW, Netflix, Fox, NBC, DC Universe, Showtime, Syfy, HBO, Hulu, and TNT. Beware of spoilers in these casting announcements.

DC Universe

Swamp Thing (DC Universe)

Adrienne Barbeau has been cast in a unspecified role.

The actress joins already cast Leonardo Nam, 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.

Titans (DC Universe)

Esai Morales has been cast as Slade Wilson a.k.a. Deathstroke. Deathstroke’s comic book biography: “While serving his country, Slade became an elite soldier before government testing enhanced his physiology to near superhuman levels, putting him on a path of darkness and revenge. To his family, Slade is a father and husband, but to the rest of the world, he is feared by many as the infamous Deathstroke; selling his services to the highest bidder as the ruthless assassin that never gives up and never misses.”

This actor joins already cast: Joshua Orpin, Brenton Thwaites, Teagan Croft, Anna Diop, Alan Ritchson, and Minka Kelly.

The CW

Katy Keene (The CW)

Lucy Hale has been cast as Katy Keene, “a bold, big-hearted and independent twenty-something New Yorker, who aspires to be a fashion designer. When she’s not working as a personal shopper at a luxury department store, she’s navigating friendship and dating in the big city.”

This actor and actress join already cast: Jonny Beauchamp, Julia Chan, Camille Hyde, Lucien Laviscount, Ashleigh Murray.

Katy Keene‘s plot synopsis: “In Katy Keene, the 20-something Josie McCoy has left the small town of Riverdale in pursuit of a new adventure in the Big City. More determined than ever to break into the music scene as the next Diana Ross, Josie finds herself forging new friendships, falling into new relationships, and, one day, becoming the star she is destined to be.”

Robert Aguirre-Sacasa and Michael Grassi wrote the screenplay for the Maggie Kiley-directed pilot episode.

Nancy Drew (The CW)

Freddie Prinze Jr. has been cast as Carson Drew, Nancy Drew’s dad, “a dynamic attorney who has become estranged from Nancy following the recent death of his beloved wife. But his attempts to reconnect with his daughter run aground when Nancy’s murder investigation reveals unsettling secrets from Carson’s own past.”

This actor joins already cast: Kennedy McMann, Tunji Kasim, Leah Lewis, Maddison Jaizani, and Alex Saxon.

Nancy Drew‘s plot synopsis: it “centers on 18-year-old Nancy Drew (McMann) and is set in the summer after her high school graduation. She thought she’d be leaving her hometown for college, but when a family tragedy holds her back another year, she finds herself embroiled in a ghostly murder investigation — and along the way, uncovers secrets that run deeper than she ever imagined.”


Lincoln (NBC)

Arielle Kebbel has been cast as Amelia Sachs, an “extremely bright and capable of holding her own in any situation.”

Courtney Grosbeck has been cast as Rae Sachs, “Amelia’s kid sister, stalked and tormented by the serial killer.”

Michael Imperioli has been cast as NYPD Detective Rick Sellitto, “who in the series will be Lincoln’s current partner whereas in the novel was his former partner.”

This actress and actor join already cast Russell Hornsby.

Lincoln‘s plot synopsis: based on the book series by Jeffery Deaver, “The story revolves around Lincoln Rhyme, an incredible forensic criminologist who suffers a horrible accident while hunting for the titular Bone Collector. Due to his bed-ridden condition, Lincoln teams up with a young beat cop in order to track down the serial killer, along with a slew of other high-profile cases.”

Seth Gordon has been selected to direct the pilot episode.

VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculliare writing the screenplay for the pilot episode.

Emergence (NBC)

Zabryna Guevara has been cast as Abby, “a pediatrician who is a longtime friend of Jo.”

This actress joins already cast: Owain Yeoman, Allison Tolman, Alexa Skye Swinton, Robert Bailey Jr., Clancy Brown, and Ashley Aufderheide.

Emergence‘s plot synopsis: “Emergence is a character-driven genre thriller that centers on Jo (Tolman), a police chief who takes in a young child, Piper (Swinton), she finds near the site of a mysterious accident who has no memory of what has happened. The investigation draws her into a conspiracy larger than she ever imagined, and the child’s identity is at the center of it all.”

Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters wrote the screenplay for the Paul McGuigan-directed pilot episode.


The Many Saints of Newark (HBO)

John Magaro has been cast in unspecified role.

This actor joins already cast: Ray Liotta, Michael Gandolfini, Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen, and Corey Stoll.

The Many Saints of Newark‘s plot synopsis: “The story focuses on Dickie Moltisanti (Nivola), a mentor to young Tony as his own father, Johnny Boy, was grooming his son a pathway to organized crime prominence…Set during the ’60s Newark riots, when “African Americans and Italians of that city were at each others throats. It was especially lethal among gangsters from each group.”

David Chase, Lawrence Konner, and Alan Taylor wrote the screenplay for the film. Alan Taylor is directing the film.


The Last Kids on Earth (Netflix)

Mark Hamill, Catherine O’Hara, and Rosario Dawson have been cast in unspecified roles.

This actor and actress join already cast: Keith David, Bruce Campbell, Garland Whitt, Montse Hernandez, Charles Demers, and Nick Wolfhard.

The Last Kids on Earth‘s plot synopsis: based on the books by Max Brallier, “the series follows a 13-year old kid named Jack Sullivan, who, along with his group of friends, battles a zombie apocalypse in-between playing video games in their decked out tree house.”


Into the Dark (Hulu)

Clayne Crawford has been cast in an unspecified.


Good Lord Bird (Showtime)

Ethan Hawke has been cast as John Brown, “a 19th-century abolitionist.”

Good Lord Bird‘s plot synopsis: based on the novel by James McBride, the story is “told from the point of view of Onion, an enslaved teenager who becomes a member of Brown’s motley family during the time of Bleeding Kansas, eventually participating in the famous 1859 raid on the Army depot at Harpers Ferry. Brown’s raid failed to initiate the slave revolt he intended but was the instigating event that started the Civil War.”

Mark Richard and Hawke wrote the screenplays for the Anthony Hemingway-directed TV mini-series.


Deputy (Fox)

Bex Taylor-Klaus has been cast as Deputy Breanna Bishop, “the smartly dressed, sarcastic, “quietly badass” driver in charge of newly appointed Sheriff Hollister’s security detail.”

She joins already cast Stephen Dorff.

Deputy‘s plot synopsis: “Deputy centers on Deputy Bill Hollister (Dorff), a career lawman who’s very comfortable kicking down doors and utterly lost in a staff meeting. But when the L.A. County sheriff drops dead, Bill becomes acting sheriff, in charge of 10,000 sworn deputies policing a modern Wild West.”

Will Beall wrote the screenplay for David Ayer-directed pilot episode.

Prodigal Son (Fox)

Halston Sage has been cast as Ainsley Bright, “[Malcolm] Bright’s younger sister, a successful TV journalist with a good sense of humor. Younger and more normal(ish) than [Malcolm] Bright, they have a good relationship, but she’s an emotional spark plug.”

This actor joins already cast: Tom Payne, Michael Sheen, Bellamy Young, Frank Harts, Aurora Perrineau, and Lou Diamond Phillips.

Prodigal Son‘s plot synopsis: “Prodigal Son is described as a fresh take on a crime franchise with a provocative and outrageous lead character and darkly comedic tone. It centers on Malcolm Bright, who has a gift: He knows how killers think, how their minds work. Why? His father was one of the worst — a notorious serial killer called “The Surgeon.” That’s why Bright is the best criminal psychologist around; murder is the family business. He will use his twisted genius to help the NYPD solve crimes and stop killers, all while dealing with a manipulative mother, annoyingly normal sister, a homicidal father still looking to bond with his prodigal son, and his own constantly evolving neuroses.”

Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver wrote the screenplay for the Lee Toland Krieger-directed pilot episode.

neXT (Fox)

Michael Mosley has been cast as CM, “a Southern ex-con hacker with a genius IQ who works at the FBI cybercrime division.”

This actor joins previously cast: Eve Harlow, Fernanda Andrade, Aaron Moten, and Gerardo Celasco.

neXT’s plot synopsis: “neXt is described as a propulsive, fact-based thriller grounded in the latest A.I. research. It features a brilliant but paranoid former tech CEO who joins a Homeland Cybersecurity Agent and her team to stop the world’s first artificial intelligence crisis: the emergence of a rogue AI with the ability to continuously improve itself. Marrying pulse-pounding action with a layered examination of how technology is invading our lives and transforming us in ways we don’t yet understand, the series also presents us with a villain like we’ve never seen before, one whose greatest weapon against us is ourselves.”

Manny Coto wrote the screenplays for the Glenn Ficarra-directed series.


Cipher (Syfy)

Elias Koteas has been cast as Hal Berek, “a Texas rancher with a strong opinion about how John and Asa should face the challenges ahead of them.”

Cipher‘s plot synopsis: “following the recent death of his mother, 13-year-old video game junkie Asa’s (Gabriel Bateman) life changes yet again when his brain is implanted with one-of-a-kind computer technology, and the boy and his father John (Grenier) unwittingly find themselves at the center of the next great war – over artificial intelligence.”

He joins already cast: Gabriel Bateman, Adrian Grenier, Kyla-Drew Simmons, and Sydney Morton.

Allison Miller wrote the screenplay for the Peter Hoar-directed pilot episode.


Animal Kingdom (TNT)

David DeSantos has been cast as DEA agent Dennis Livengood.

This actor joins already cast: Sohvi Rodriguez, Emily Deschanel, Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, Finn Cole, and Sohvi Rodriguez.

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