Thursday, September 1, 2016

Casting News - Netflix's 'Dear White People' Rounds Out Main Cast; 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Adds Albert Tsai; Plus 7 More Updates!

Casting News - September 1, 2016

Bravo's My So Called Wife; CMT's Nashville; The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend; FOX's Empire; Netflix's Dear White People; Showtime's The Affair, I'm Dying Up Here & Masters of Sex; and Starz's American Gods.

  • Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton, John Patrick Amedori and Ashley Blaine Featherson will round out the main cast of the upcoming comedy from Justin Simien. Additionally, Marque Richardson will reprise his role from the 2014 film on a recurring basis. Robertson will play Coco Conners, an economics major and bombshell who is baffled by Winchester's hierarchy of blackness that favors natural hair over the "good hair" she bought. Unfazed by the blackface party, she deplores the Dear White People radio show. Horton will play Lionel Higgins, a self-proclaimed nerd who becomes an unlikely hero for being the only student journalist to write a firsthand report on the blackface party that rocks Winchester. Despite his early victory, he discovers that navigating between the disparate black and gay cultures on campus is his most arduous challenge yet. Amedori will play Gabe, Sam's (Logan Browning) intellectual equal and their debates are as passionated and heated as their secret affair. He genuinely loves her and wants their relationship to go to the next level, but feels pushed aside by her racially political movement. Featherson will play Joelle Brooks, a girl who can code switch at lightning speed and Sam's best friend. While smart, funny and charming, she prefers to orbit Sam's bright star instead of shining on her own, but soon starts to covet Sam's life. Richardson plays Reggie Green, a computer science major and Sam's right hand man. He's one of the more radical voices at Winchester thanks to being raised by a Black Panther. 
  • Sarah Hay (Flesh and Bone) and W. Earl Brown (Preacher) have booked recurring roles on the upcoming comedy starring Melissa Leo. Additionally, Jere Burns (Angie Tribeca) and Jocko Sims (The Last Ship) will appear as guest stars. Hay will play Tawny, Nick's (Jake Lacy) volatile young girlfriend. Brown will play Teddy, Goldie's (Leo) greatest rival in the L.A. comedy club scene. Burns will play Sid Robbins, Goldie's ex-husband who is desperately still trying to hit it big in stand-up. Sims will play Melvin, Ralph's (Erik Griffin) old Army buddy who returns to town bearing the scars of war.
  • Albert Tsai (Trophy Wife, Dr. Ken) has landed a guest role on the comedy's upcoming second season. He will play a confident kid who tutors Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) in an important subject.
  • Rapper/actor Romeo Miller has been tapped to replace Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi in a recurring role on the drama's upcoming third season. He will play Gram, a rival to Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) and a love interest for Tiana (Serayah). Mescudi's exit was due to creative differences about the character.
  • Emmy winner Jeremy Davies (Justified, Lost) has been tapped to play Jesus on the upcoming drama staring Ricky Whittle and Ian McShane. Resurrected on Ostara's (Kristin Chenoweth) feast day, Jesus has always been generous in sharing the Easter holiday with the ancient goddess. But the overly empathetic Son of God would be crushed to know that Ostara harbors some deeply buried resentment over the issue.
  • Danny Jacobs (Growing Up and Other Lies) has landed a recurring role on the drama's upcoming fourth season. Meanwhile, real-life couple Stephen Root (Idiotsitter) and Romy Rosemont (Glee) will appear as guest stars. Jacobs will play Bob Drag, who was worked at Little Brown, Masters (Michael Sheen) and Johnson's (Lizzy Caplan) publisher, for years but becomes patient zero in a new study at the clinic. Root and Rosement will play Harvey and Marcia Toplin, co-owners of a sex clinic and the funhouse mirror images of Masters and Johnson.
  • Jonathan Cake (Desperate Housewives, Doll & Em) has been cast in a recurring role on the drama's upcoming third season. He will play Whitney's (Julia Goldani Telles) new boss and love interest.
  • Newcomer Marianne Rendón has joined the upcoming dark comedy as a series regular. She will play Jules, a smart, attractive, wickedly funny and charming artist.
  • Grammy winner Rhiannon Giddens, co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, has been cast in a recurring role on the drama's upcoming fifth season. She will play Hanna Lee "Hallie" Jordan, a young social worker who turns out to have the voice of an angel.