Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Casting News - Ming-Na Wen, Reggie Lee and Jimmy O. Yang to Recur on 'Fresh Off the Boat'; Plus 3 More Updates!

Casting News - September 19, 2018

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  • Ming-Na Wen, Reggie Lee and Jimmy O. Yang have been cast in recurring roles on the comedy's upcoming fifth season. Wen has starred for five seasons in ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Lee starred for six seasons in NBC's Grimm. Yang has starred for four seasons in HBO's Silicon Valley and also appeared in the film Crazy Rich Asians opposite Constance Wu.
  • Wen will play Elaine, a Chinese-American woman with a smart sense of humor who's everything Jessica (Wu) could dream of in a Chinese BFF. They seem to have a million things in common, and Elaine earns the nickname "Chinese Oprah" for her ability to give wonderful advice.
  • Lee will play Julius, a Chinese-American man who genuinely loves steak, apple pie, the Dallas Cowboys and other all-American things. Louis (Randall Park) and him bond quickly, but their new friendship is put to the test by an old buddy of Louis'.
  • Yang will play Horace, Elaine and Julius' son, a talented, affable artist who skipped two grades and went to Harvard at age 16 on a full scholarship. His amazing résumé wins Jessica's adoration until he reveals some secrets from his past.
  • Antoinette Crowe-Legacy has joined the cast of the upcoming drama starring Forest Whitaker and Vincent D'Onofrio. The newcomer is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama's 2018 MFA program.
  • She will play Elise, Bumpy's (Whitaker) mixed race, drug-addicted daughter. A lost soul who suffered for her father's neglect and will forever be his Achilles' heel. She has many gifts - an agile mind, a lithe beauty - and just as many defects - dishonesty and selfishness that grip her to the core. Bumpy is raising Elise's daughter Margaret as his own, but one day Elise will want Margaret back. More than anything, she wants a family. And she will find one... in Malcolm X's Nation of Islam.
  • Hassie Harrison will co-star on the upcoming comedy created by and starring Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme. She has previously had recurring roles on The CW's Hart of Dixie and ABC's The Astronaut Wives Club.
  • She will play Lucy, Chief McConky (Heffernan) daughter and the first female firefighter ever assigned to his station. Tough and athletic, she is a rookie firefighter who is intent on proving she belongs in this world. The role was played by Kirby Bliss-Blanton in the original pilot.
  • Sandra Bernhard has been promoted to series regular for the drama's upcoming second season. She appeared in one episode of the first season. She has previously had recurring roles on ABC's Roseanne, ABC Family's Switched at Birth, FOX's Brooklyn Nine-Nine and CBS' 2 Broke Girls.
  • She plays Judy Katz, a brassy but caring nurse who works with HIV/AIDS patients.