Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Casting News - Beau Bridges and Philip Baker Hall Join 'Messiah'; Phylicia Rashad to Lead 'David Makes Man'; Plus 3 More Updates!

Casting News - June 26, 2018

Netflix's Lost in Space, Messiah & Raising Dion; OWN's David Makes Man; and TNT's Tell Me Your Secrets.

  • Beau Bridges and Philip Baker Hall have been cast in recurring roles on the upcoming drama starring Mehdi Dehbi and Michelle Monaghan. Bridges is a three-time Emmy winner who has recently recurred on Showtime's Masters of Sex, Netflix's Bloodline and Showtime's Homeland. Hall's recent guest credits include ABC's Modern Family, CBS' Madam Secretary and HBO's Room 104.
  • Bridges will play Edmund DeGuilles, a charming televangelist with a large following and an even greater net worth. He's the protective father of Anna Iguero (Melinda Page Hamilton), who gets drawn into the world of al-Masih (Dehbi) through his son-in-law Felix (John Ortiz).
  • Hall will play Zelman Katz, a former CIA asset and the widowed loving father of Eva Geller (Monaghan). Now retired, he is starting to have second thoughts about the life he has led and how he has raised his daughter.
  • Jazmyn Simon has joined the cast of the upcoming drama starring Jason Ritter and Michael B. Jordan. She has starred for three seasons in HBO's Ballers and appeared in the USA film Psych: The Movie.
  • She will play Kat, a surgical resident and Nicole's sister. Easy to say, she's the one who has her life together, and can't help but correct Nicole on her life and parenting. All in all, she's a wonderful and supportive aunt and sister, but has a hard time biting her tongue as she watches her sister make mistakes.
  • Phylicia Rashad and Akili McDowell will lead the cast of the upcoming drama (previously untitled) created by Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney. Also cast today are Nathaniel Logan McIntyre, Isaiah Johnson, Ade Chike Torbert, Jordan Bolger, Cayden K. Williams and Travis Coles. Furthermore, Dee Harris-Lawrence (Shots Fired, Unsolved) has been tapped to serve as showrunner for the first season.
  • McDowell (The Astronaut Wives Club) will play David, a former block drug dealer from a state housing project in Homestead, Florida who rises a bus every day to attend a magnet school for academically gifted kids. Aware of the expectations and perceptions others have of him, he has become an expert chameleon who toggles between two distinct personas that reflect his surroundings - but this exacts an emotional price.
  • Rashad (The Cosby Show, Empire) will play Dr. Woods-Trap, a respected and intimidating instructor at David's middle school who is one of those teachers who students remember for the rest of their lives. Her assignments are challenging but rewarding, and her students genuinely like and respect her. Though firm with David, she sees something special in him and becomes his advocate.
  • McIntyre (Magic Camp) will play Seren, David's best friend who holds painful secrets and whose relationship with David has recently become fraught.
  • Johnson (Hamilton, The Color Purple) will play Sky, David's close friend, prone to quiz and give David advice.
  • Torbert (East Los High) will play Raynan, whose ties to the drug trade drive a wedge between him and David despite his desire to connect on behalf of their mutual friend.
  • Bolger (Peaky Blinders) will play Shinobi, Raynan's second-in-command who clashes with David.
  • Williams (Girls Trip) will play JC, David's rough and tumble younger brother, who is more vulnerable than one might expect.
  • Coles (Liza on Demand) will play Ms. Elijah, a longtime Homestead Village resident who watches over David when his mother is away. Ms. Elijah knows all the skeletons of Homestead Village and its residents.
  • Sibongile Mlambo has been promoted to series regular on the drama's upcoming second season. She appeared in five episodes of the first season. She has previously recurred on Starz's Black Sails and Freeform's Siren.
  • She plays Angela, a survivor struggling from post traumatic stress disorder following her husband's death during the Resolute attack.
  • Stella Baker will co-star on the upcoming drama starring Amy Brenneman, Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater. A recent graduate of the Yale School of Drama, she co-wrote and starred in the film Candace.
  • She will play Theresa Barlow, a champion swimmer with a glorious future ahead of her until she disappears at the hands of a serial killer. She appears as an increasingly haunting presence - manifesting in visions to her mother (Brenneman) during the season and driving her distraught, obsessed mother to increasing lengths in the search she can't give up on.