Thursday, March 14, 2019

Development News - Arielle Kebbel to Play Female Lead in 'Lincoln'; Elias Koteas Joins 'Cipher'; Plus 5 More Updates!

Development News - March 14, 2019

ABC's Untitled Hannah Simone & Untitled Hank Steinberg; Amazon's On the Spectrum; FOX's Deputy & Prodigal Son; NBC's Lincoln; and Syfy's Cipher.

  • Arielle Kebbel will play the female lead on the drama pilot starring Russell Hornsby. Courtney Grosbeck has also been cast today. Kebbel previously starred for two seasons in NBC's Midnight, Texas and one season in HBO's Ballers. She next appears in a recurring role on ABC's upcoming drama Grand Hotel. Grosbeck has previously recurred on NBC's Parenthood and Showtime's Homeland.
  • Kebbel will play Amelia Sachs, an extremely bright and young beat cop who can hold her own in any situation. She will help Lincoln Rhyme (Hornsby) hunt the diabolic serial killer known as the Bone Collector while also taking on the most high-profile cases in the NYPD.
  • Grosbeck will play Rae Sachs, Amelia's younger sister, who is stalked and tormented by the serial killer.
  • Boris McGiver and Tyla Harris have been cast on the drama pilot starring Nicholas Pinnock and Indira Varma. McGiver previously starred for four seasons in Netflix's House of Cards. Harris has previously recurred on History's Six and TNT's Claws.
  • McGiver will play Maskins, the District Attorney who is running a campaign to unseat the current Attorney General (Mary Stuart Masterson).
  • Harris will play Jasmine, Aaron's (Pinnock) daughter.
  • Deniz Akdeniz has booked a series regular role on the comedy pilot starring Hannah Simone. He has previously recurred on ABC's Once Upon a Time and The CW's Jane the Virgin.
  • He will play Jack. Vain and manicured yet hip, he lives in a townhouse next door to his parents and drives a BMW. He looks up to his big sister, Hannah (Simone), but can't believe she hasn't figured out that success equals getting paid.
  • Halston Sage has joined the cast of the drama pilot starring Tom Payne, Michael Sheen and Bellamy Young. She recently starred for two seasons in FOX's The Orville.
  • She will play Ainsley, Bright's (Payne) younger sister, a successful TV journalist with a good sense of humor. Younger and more normal than Bright, they have a good relationship, but she's an emotional spark plug.
  • Elias Koteas has landed a series regular role on the drama pilot starring Adrian Grenier and Gabriel Bateman. He previously starred for one season in AMC's The Killing and five seasons in NBC's Chicago P.D.
  • He will play Hal Berek, a Texas rancher with a strong opinion about how John (Grenier) and Asa (Bateman) should face the challenges ahead of them.
  • Bex Taylor-Klaus will co-star on the drama pilot starring Stephen Dorff. They previously starred for one season in AMC's The Killing and two seasons in MTV's Scream. They have also recurred on The CW's Arrow and Showtime's House of Lies.
  • They will play Deputy Breanna Bishop, the smartly dressed, sarcastic and quietly badass driver in charge of newly appointed Sheriff Hollister's (Dorff) security detail. They replace Jasmine Kaur, who was originally cast in the role. The change was made after the first table read, with the gender non-binary actor joining the cast.
  • ON THE SPECTRUM (Comedy, Single Camera) - Written by Friday Night Lights and Parenthood creator Jason Katims. Executive produced by Katims, Jeni Mulein and Dana Stern. Produced by Universal Television, True Jack Productions and yessStudios. Logline: A coming-of-age comedic drama about three 20-something roommates on the autism spectrum, striving for the same things that we all desire: to get a job, keep a job, make friends, fall in love and navigate a world that eludes them. Based on the Israeli series of the same name.