Thursday, February 14, 2019

Development News - Kennedy McNann to Play Nancy Drew; Gabriel Bateman Set as Young Lead in 'Cipher'; Plus 3 More Updates!

Development News - February 14, 2019

ABC's The Hypnotist's Love Story; CBS' Evil; The CW's Untitled Nancy Drew; NBC's Bluff City Law; and Syfy's Cipher.

  • Gabriel Bateman and Kyla-Drew Simmons have been cast as the young leads on the drama pilot written by Allison Miller. Bateman starred for one season in CBS' American Gothic and one season in Amazon's The Dangerous Book for Boys. Simmons starred for two seasons in Nickelodeon's Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn.
  • Bateman will play Asa. Following the death of his mother, his life changes yet again when he becomes the unwitting recipient of the new technology. He and his father then find themselves at the center of the next great war - over artificial intelligence.
  • Simmons will play Annie, a 16-year-old Asa meets inside a video game. She seems to know a great deal about the game but has little understanding of the complexities of human relationships or the outside world.
  • Kennedy McMann and Leah Lewis will star in the drama pilot written by Leah Lewis. Moreover, Larry Teng (Supergirl) has signed on to direct while Melinda Hsu Taylor (The Vampire Diaries) has been tapped to serve as showrunner on the potential series. McMann is a recent graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Lewis has previously recurred on The CW's Charmed.
  • McMann will play Nancy Drew, an 18-year-old who thought she'd be leaving her hometown for college. When a family tragedy holds her back another year, she finds herself embroiled in a ghostly murder investigation - and along the way, uncovers secrets that run deeper than she ever imagined. When Nancy ends up a suspect in a murder, it rekindles her love for detective work, even though the clues lead her to believe that a long-dead local girl may be the killer.
  • Lewis will play George, a tough, tattooed girl from the wrong side of the tracks who felt personally wronged by Nancy in high school. She now finds herself a suspect in the killing along with her former nemesis, forcing her to team up with Nancy to track the culprit and clear their names - and it just may be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
  • Katja Herbers will play the female lead on the drama pilot written by Robert and Michelle King. She starred for two seasons in WGN America's Manhattan and one season in HBO's Westworld. She has also recurred on FX's The Americans, HBO's The Leftovers and Discovery's Manhunt: Unabomber.
  • She will play Kristen Benoist, a forensic psychologist who joins forces with two men hired by the church to assess reported case of unexplained phenomena.
  • Caitlin McGee has booked the female lead role on the drama pilot written by Dean Georgaris. She has previously recurred on ABC's Grey's Anatomy and Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Her guest credits include FXX's You're the Worst, NBC's Chicago Med and Showtime's I'm Dying Up Here.
  • She will play Sydney Keller, a hotshot lawyer from Memphis who gives up her corporate in-house job to work with her father on cases that she believes can actually make a difference in the world.
  • Liza Lapira will co-star on the drama pilot starring Heather Graham. She has previously starred in ABC's one-season comedy Super Fun Night, CBS' one-season drama Battle Creek, FOX's one-season comedy Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life and CBS' one-season comedy 9JKL. She next appears in Netflix's upcoming limited series Unbelievable opposite Toni Collette and Merritt Weaver.
  • She will play Julie, Ellen's impish best friend who owns a dress shop.