Thursday, August 10, 2017

Casting News - Sarah Paulson to Star in 'Katrina: American Crime Story'; Aasif Mandvi Joins 'Shut Eye'; Plus 7 More Updates!

Casting News - August 10, 2017

The CW's Black Lightning; FOX's Star; FX's Katrina: American Crime Story; Hulu's Crash and Burn & Shut Eye; NBC's Will & Grace; Netflix's 13 Reasons Why; Paramount's Yellowstone; and USA's Suits.

  • Alex Fitzalan, Sebastian Chacon, Alex Wolff and Camila Perez have been cast on the upcoming drama created by Aaron Zelman. Fitzalan will play Steve Newman, a local hero for his role in averting a shooting at his high school. Since then, his father has pressured him to write a book about the experience, thinking it will help his son get into a good college. This forces him to confront his past with two boys who were allegedly involved in the shooting. Chacon will play JR Lopez, who may or may not have played a part in the events of that fateful day. Wolff will play Gabriel, who once was good friends with Steve and JR, but was a neglected member of the group. When he learns of Steve's book, he decides to take action and force his version of the truth into the light. Perez will play Roxanne Lopez, JR's older sister, who becomes a touchstone in all of the boys' lives.
  • Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show, Younger) has booked a recurring role on the drama's upcoming second season. He will play Pazhani "Paz" Kapoor, a man who grew up in the slums of Mumbai as the sole survivor of a cholera outbreak who found found himself able to communicate with those who perished from the beyond. Now, he's a spiritual healer with a worldwide following. After being banned in Germany and other European countries, he has come to L.A., where he plies his trade as a spiritual guru through his popular new-age seminars. Nora (Susan Misner) offers Paz's guidance to Linda (KaDee Strickland) to help Charlie (Jeffrey Donovan) make sense of his visions. Charlie will learn there is more than meets the eye with the mysterious mystic.
  • Jay Harrington (Better Off Ted, S.W.A.T.) will appear in two episodes of the drama's seventh season. He will play Mark Meadows, Donna's (Sarah Rafferty) ex-boyfriend.
  • Rapper Marvin "Krondon" Jones III has landed a series regular role on the upcoming drama starring Cress Williams. He will play Tobias Whale, an African-American man with albinism who is the leader of Freeland's most feared gang - The 100. But in the days before Black Lightning, Tobias was a politician, rising up the ranks of local government through corrupt and illegal means. That was until he was brought down by Alvin Pierce, Jefferson's (Williams) father. Enraged, Tobias killed Alvin and was driven underground into exile. It's here he found a place to rebuild, growing into the violent and methodical leader of The 100. But Black Lightning's recent return has ignited Tobias' desire to emerge from the shadows and face his biggest adversary.
  • Days after reports started to swirl that the project had stalled and the creative team was struggling with the direction of the story, details have emerged on how Ryan Murphy and company are planning on telling the story. The season will now by based on the book Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink. The book was previously acquired by Scott Rudin, who has boarded the season as an executive producer. Fink is also expected to have some role. Furthermore, Emmy winner Sarah Paulson is now the only star attached to the series. She'll play the lead role. Annette Bening, Dennis Quaid and Matthew Broderick were previously cast in the season. Producers are said to be trying to find new roles for them to play. Five Days at Memorial explores the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina at the New Orleans Memorial Medical Center as well as the decision by staff - including Dr. Anna Pou (Paulson) - to euthanize critically ill patients after being trapped in the hospital for days without power. Afterwards, there were attempts to prosecute Pou and two nurses for homicide after an investigation revealed elevated levels of morphine and other drugs in 23 patients who died at the hospital.
  • Tony winner Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen) will appear in an upcoming episode of the comedy revival. He will guest star in the October 5 episode. However, no details were immediately released about the character he will be playing.
  • Jake Weber, Brenda Strong, Meredith Monroe and R.J. Brown have been cast in recurring roles on the drama's upcoming second season. Weber will play Barry Walker, Bryce's (Justin Prentice) father, a successful hedge fund manager and pillar of the community. Strong will play Nora Walker, Barry's husband and Bryce's mother. Monroe will play Carolyn, Alex's (Miles Heizer) mother, a hardworking nurse. Brown will play Caleb, Tony's (Christian Navarro) boxing trainer, a fierce competitor and dedicated coach.
  • Golden Brooks (Girlfriends) has landed a recurring role on the upcoming drama starring Kevin Costner. She will play Geraldine Rainwater, the wife of Native American leader Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham). She's very ambitious for her husband, and pushes him to run for political office.
  • Evan Ross, Mike Epps and Luke James have joined the drama's upcoming second season in recurring roles. Ross will play Angel, Jahil's (Benjamin Bratt) nephew, a DJ with a bad-boy streak who is heavy in the Latin music scene. Epps will play Jay Holland, the girls' record label president who is willing to cross the line with one of them. James will play Noah Brooks, a top-selling R&B artist at the label. He is charming and a sweet talker with an ambitious streak.