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TV Casting: THE WALKING DEAD, THE FLASH, John Ridley directing GODFATHER OF HARLEM Pilot, & More

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The Walking Dead, The Flash, Godfather of Harlem, and other TV Show Casting

The Walking Dead, The Flash, Godfather of Harlem, 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, Epix, HBO, The CW, Cinemax, AMC, and CBS. Beware of spoilers in these casting announcements.

The Resident (Fox)

Jane Leeves has been cast as Dr. Kitt Voss, “star Orthopedic Surgeon. She will be a kick-ass new mentor for our residents. Kitt attracts the roving eye of Dr. Bell, while butting heads with larger-than-life Cardio-thoracic surgeon AJ Austin.

This actress joins already cast: Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Glenn Morshower, Matt Czuchry, Manish Dayal, Bruce Greenwood, Emily VanCamp, and Shaunette Renée Wilson.

The Resident‘s plot synopsis: the show “centers on a tough, brilliant senior resident (Czuchry) who guides an idealistic young doctor (Dayal) through his first day, pulling back the curtain on what really happens, both good and bad, in modern-day medicine.

Godfather of Harlem (Epix)

John Ridley will direct the pilot episode of TV series.

This director will be directing Forest Whitaker in the crime series.

Godfather of Harlem‘s plot synopsis: “Godfather of Harlem tells the true story of infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Whitaker), who in the early 1960s returned from ten years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control. During the brutal battle, he forms an alliance with radical preacher Malcolm X – catching Malcolm’s political rise in the crosshairs of social upheaval and a mob war that threatens to tear the city apart.”

The series may premiere in 2019.

Lovecraft Country (HBO)

Courtney B. Vance has been cast as “George Black, has always been more like a father to Atticus (Majors). Warm, funny, and well read, he was the first to introduce Atticus to the wonderful and strange world of pulp novels. As the publisher of the “Safe Negro Travel Guide” he’s been on enough adventures to understand there’s no place like home.”

Aunjanue Ellis has been cast as “Hippolyta Black, George’s wife, Atticus’s aunt, and a star gazer. She’s been a housewife most of her life with dreams of getting into some adventures of her own, despite her husband’s misgivings. Her itch for adventure will eventually, literally and figuratively, take her to the stars and beyond.”

Elizabeth Debicki has been cast as “Christina Braithwhite, the only daughter of Samuel Braithwhite, the leader of a secret order calling themselves the ‘Sons of Adam.’ She’s gone to great lengths to earn her father’s respect, to no avail. She’s going to pave her own path to power, and she’s going to use Atticus and his family to do it.”

These actresses and actor join already cast: Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Jonathan Majors, and Wunmi Mosaku.

Lovecraft Country‘s plot synopsis: based on the novel by Matt Ruff, “Lovecraft Country follows Atticus Black (Majors) as he joins up with his friend Letitia (Smollett-Bell) and his Uncle George (Vance) to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. Thus begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback.’

The Flash (The CW)

Jessica Parker Kennedy has been promoted to a series regular as Nora West-Allen, “Barry and Iris’ future daughter.”

Hartley Sawyer has been promoted to a series regular as “a former corrupt cop who was kicked out of the Central City PD for planting evidence, a private eye, and eventual Team Flash member Ralph Dibny — aka Elongated Man.”

Cecile Horton has been promoted to a series regular as Danielle Nicolet, “the district attorney of Central City and love interest to Joe West (Jesse L. Martin), whose mind-reading superpowers arose when she became pregnant.”

The Flash: Season 4 starred: Hartley Sawyer, Candice Patton, Grant Gustin, Danielle Panabaker, Keiyan Lonsdale, Jesse L. Martin, Carlos Valdes, Tom Felton, Tom Cavanaugh, Clifford DeVoe, Neil Sandilands, Danny Trejo, and Kim Engelbrecht.

Jett (Cinemax)

Giancarlo Esposito has been cast as powerful crime lord Baudelaire.

Also cast in unspecified roles are: Carla Gugino, Elena Anaya, Michael Aronov, Gaite Jansen, Chris Backus, Gil Bellows, Violet McGraw, Jodie Turner-Smith, Gentry White, Lucy Walters, and Mustafa Shakir.

Jett‘s plot synopsis: “Jett follows fresh out of prison, world-class thief Daisy “Jett” Kowalski (Gugino) who is forced back into doing what she does best by dangerous and eccentric criminals determined to exploit her skills for their own ends.”

Sebastian Gutierrez wrote and will direct the series.

The Walking Dead (AMC)

Jon Bernthal will reprise his role as Shane Walsh in “a flashback or possibly a hallucination.”

The Walking Dead: Season 8 starred: Chandler Riggs, Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Josh McDermitt, Ross Marquand, Christian Serratos, Alanna Masterson, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Austin Amelio, Tom Payne, and Xander Berkeley.

Fordlandia

Werner Herzog will direct the entire TV series.

Fordlandia‘s plot synopsis: based on the book by Greg Grandin, “the series tells the true story of the richest man in the world in the ’20s, Henry Ford, and his attempt to recreate small-town America deep in the heart of the Amazon.”

Christopher Wilkinson write the screenplays for the series.

Supergirl (The CW)

Jesse Rath has been promoted to a series regular as Brainiac-5. Brainiac-5 is half “computer, half organic life and boasting a 12-level intellect, Brainiac 5 is a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes who travels to National City from the 31st Century to help Supergirl and the DEO battle Reign.”

Supergirl: Season 3 starred: Melissa Benoist, Katie McGrath, Chyler Leigh, Emma Tremblay, Odette Annable, Carl Lumbly, Adrian Pasdar, David Harewood, Yael Grobglas, Mehcad Brooks, Jeremy Jordan, Chris Wood, and David Harewood.

Blood & Treasure (CBS)

Matt Barr has been cast as Danny, “an astute, witty and natural investigator with an unwavering moral compass. Danny was a rising star in the FBI’s elite “Arts and Antiquities” division, tracking blood antiquities used to finance terrorist organizations, until his career was derailed by a mistake for which he’s never forgiven himself. He now has a chance at redemption, but it means teaming up with his ex, Lexi, a criminal with whom he has a complicated and passionate relationship.”

This actor joins already cast Sofia Pernas, Katia Winter, Michael James Shaw, and James Callis.

Blood & Treasure‘s plot synopsis: Blood & Treasure “centers on a brilliant antiquities expert, Danny (Barr), and a cunning art thief, Lexi (Pernas), who team up to catch a ruthless terrorist who funds his attacks through stolen treasure. As they crisscross the globe hunting their target, they unexpectedly find themselves in the center of a 2,000-year-old battle for the cradle of civilization.”

Blood & Treasure will premiere in the summer of 2019.

The Good Lord Bird

Ethan Hawke has been cast as John Brown, an abolitionist leader.

Hawke and Mark Richard are co-writing the limited TV series.

The Good Lord Bird‘s plot synopsis: based on the book by James McBride, “The Good Lord Bird follows “the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown’s antislavery crusade – and who must pass as a girl to survive. Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town – with Brown, who believes he’s a girl. Over the ensuing months, Henry – whom Brown nicknames Little Onion – conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859 – one of the great catalysts for the Civil War.”

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