Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Casting News - Melanie Chandra to Exit 'Code Black'; Forest Whitaker Joins 'Empire'; Plus 5 More Updates!

Casting News - July 19, 2017

CBS' Code Black & Hawaii Five-0; Crackle's The Oath; FOX's Empire; NBC's Chicago Fire & Chicago P.D.; and USA's Damnation.

  • Melanie Chandra will not be returning as a series regular for the drama's upcoming third season. She has played medical resident Malaya Pineda since the very first episode. Moreover, Tyler Perez (Scream) and Chaley Rose (Nashville) have been cast in recurring roles. Perez will play Diego, a rich and privileged charmster who has been handed everything in his life - including his first year residency at Angels Memorial. The hospital is even allowing him to make a documentary film of his experiences. Rose will play Pepper, a new resident who's smart enough to get into the Angels residency program but possibly not fully equipped for the intensity of the busiest ER in the country. Terrified of making a mistake, she makes many and has much to learn.
  • Billy Malone, Sarah Dumont and Aaron Abrams have booked recurring roles on the upcoming drama starring Sean Bean and Ryan Kwanten. Malone will play Frank Albanese, a casino manager who has been a mentor to Steve (Kwanten) since his teenage years. His unwavering loyalty and guidance provides Steve with a father figure he was lacking from Tom (Bean) all these years. When Steve and the Ravens recent exploits bring unwanted attention to Frank's casino, their bond is put to the test. Dumont will play Kate Miller, the beautiful new pit boss at Frank's casino with a mysterious past. She attracts the attention of Steve who tries to win her over. Her tough exterior has served as an effective defense mechanism so far, but will she let her guard down when Steve comes into her world? Abrams will play David Shankman, the arrogant and young hotshot CEO of Helixa Corporation. He cuts a deal with the the leader of the Vipers to distribute his new drug Zytocet as "WMD" to keep his company afloat while awaiting FDA approval. This reckless rich kid unknowingly sets in motion a deadly series of events that shape the first season.
  • After recurring since the second season, Ian Anthony Dale has been promoted to series regular for the drama's upcoming eighth season while Meaghan Rath and Beulah Koale have joined the series in the same capacity. Dale plays Adam Noshimuri, a trusted confidant and resource for the team who will now be recruited by McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) to work for Five-O. Rath will play Tani Rey, who McGarrett recruits after finding her working as a lifeguard at a hotel pool after she was kicked out of the Police Academy, despite being a first-rate candidate. Koale will play Junior Reigns, a former Navy SEAL who just returned from serving his country and asks McGarrett for a job, hoping to repurpose his skills as a member of Five-O.
  • Eloise Mumford (Fifty Shades of Grey) has been cast in a recurring role on the drama's upcoming sixth season. She will play Hope Jacquinot, an old friend of Brett's (Kara Killmer), a playful and charming girl-next-door turned up a notch who has sprung free of her tiny hometown in Indiana to hit the streets of Chicago.
  • Wendell Pierce (The Wire, Suits) will appear in the season premiere of the drama's upcoming fifth season. He will play Alderman Ray Price, a shrewd, intelligent and determined Teflon politician who seemingly plays neutral and picks sides all at once.
  • Oscar winner Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) has joined the drama's upcoming fourth season in a recurring role. He will play Uncle Eddie, a charismatic music icon and bonafide hitmaker, who gave an unknown Lucious (Terrence Howard) his first radio airplay years ago. Decades later, Eddie steps up for Lucious at a critical moment during his rehabilitation, and a grateful Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) invites him to produce a song in celebration of Empire Entertainment's 20th anniversary.
  • Black Sails and The 100 alum Zach McGowan has landed a recurring role on the upcoming drama starring Killian Scott and Logan Marshall-Green. He will play Tennyson Dubois, a charming heir to the vast DuBois industrial dynasty, who is desperate to prove himself as a worthy successor.