Thursday, July 21, 2016

Casting News - 'Dear White People' to Star Brandon P. Bell & Logan Browning; Nicole Richie Joins 'Great News'; Plus 4 More Updates!

Casting News - July 21, 2016

ABC's Designated Survivor; FOX's Empire; MTV's Teen Wolf; NBC's Great News; Netflix's Dear White People; and TLC's Too Close to Home.

  • Brandon P. Bell has signed on to reprise his role from the film on the television adaptation from Justin Simien. Additionally, Logan Browning (Powers) has been cast as the female lead. Bell plays Troy Fairbanks, the son of the dean of students and a charming political science major who is campaigning to become Winchester University's first black student president. He strives for ideals rather than his own dreams, even as it becomes harder to keep his personal and private lives separate. Browning will play Samantha White, a biracial film major at a crossroads of political movement on her Ivy League campus due to her radio show titled Dear White People. Several black student groups want her as their spokesperson, but Sam is still learning to speak for herself.
  • Ajiona Alexus, Jeremy Carver and Ezri Walker have booked key recurring roles on the drama's upcoming third season. Alexus will play young Cookie, seen in flashback as a beautiful, innocent teenager whose Catholic school uniform can't hide "the Cookie spark." Carver will play young Lucious, also seen in flashback as a teen with an incredible voice and a bad-boy edge that captures the heart of Cookie. Walker will play Zeah, a nerdy 16-year-old with an edge and real talent as a rapper. With his high GPA and serious smarts, he finds himself torn between a future at an elite university and a career at Empire under the guidance of Lucious Lyon.
  • Reality personality Nicole Richie (The Simple Life) has been tapped to replace Kimrie Lewis-Davis on the upcoming comedy starring Briga Heelan and Andrea Martin. She will play Portia, the hip, young co-host of The Breakdown, the cable news show within the comedy. Sometimes a shrewd social media genius, sometimes a clueless idiot, Portia has little interest in her older co-host's (John Michael Higgins) hard-hitting traditional vision for the show.
  • Empire alum Malik Yoba has booked a major recurring role on the upcoming drama starring Kiefer Sutherland. He will play Jason Atwood, the seasoned Deputy Director of the FBI. He's a mentor, boss and occasional sparring partner with Hannah Wells (Maggie Q) as she conducts her investigation into who blew up the Capitol Building, which claimed nearly the entirety of the U.S. government.
  • The new drama series created by Tyler Perry will kick off its 8 episode first season with a two-hour premiere on Monday, August 22 at 9/8c. The new drama stars Danielle Savre, Brock O'Hurn, Kelly Sullivan, Brad Benedict, Brooke Anne Smith, Alpha Trivette, Trisha Rae Stahl, Robert Craighead, Annie Thrash and Curran Walters.
  • During the show's panel at San Diego Comic-Con this evening, it was announced that the upcoming sixth season of the hit drama starring Tyler Posey will be its final season. The 20-episode season will begin in November 2017, with the landmark 100th episode set to debut sometime in 2017.