Friday, March 8, 2019

Development News - Finn Jones to Play Lead Role in 'Prodigal Son'; 'Courthouse' Adds Wilson Bethel; Plus 5 More Updates!

Development News - March 8, 2019

ABC's The Hypnotist's Love Story; CBS' Carol's Second Act, Courthouse, The Republic of Sarah & Under the Bridge; FOX's Prodigal Son; and NBC's Bluff City Law.

  • Finn Jones will play the lead role on the drama pilot starring Michael Sheen and Bellamy Young. Keiko Agena has also been cast today. Jones starred for two seasons in Netflix's Iron Fist - also playing the role of Danny Rand in The Defenders and Luke Cage. He previously had a recurring role on HBO's Game of Thrones. Agena previously starred for seven seasons in The WB's Gilmore Girls and one season in Hulu's The First.
  • Jones will play Malcolm Bright, who is intelligent but deeply damaged with a self-deprecating sense of humor and surprising levels of compassion. He uses his razor-sharp instincts as a forensic profiler to help the NYPD solve crimes and stop killers, but often angers his colleagues at the department. Meanwhile, he has to deal with his manipulative mother (Young) and an imprisoned father (Sheen) who wants to bond with him, along with an annoyingly normal sister.
  • Agena will play Edrisa, the slightly off-center coroner working with the NYPD detective team. She is thrilled by her work, and she is both smitten and fascinated with Bright.
  • Kimberly Guerrero has been cast on the drama pilot starring Sarah Drew. Her guest credits include A&E's Longmire, ABC's Grey's Anatomy, FOX's Bones and ABC's Blood & Oil. She also originated the role of Johnna in August: Osage County on Broadway.
  • She will play Mary, a self-reliant badass whose steady support has made her the strong maternal figure in Sarah's (Drew) life that Sarah always wished her own mother would be. When Morrisville declares its independence, Mary becomes part of the group that governs the new nation, which forces her to "play with others" in a way that's both unfamiliar and uncomfortable for a lone wolf like her.
  • Wilson Bethel has joined the cast of the drama pilot written by Greg Spottiswood. He previously starred for four seasons in The CW's Hart of Dixie and in the third season of Netflix's Daredevil.
  • He will play Mark, a roguish, highly successful Deputy District Attorney whose best friend and colleague Lola has been just been appointed a judge. Never great with boundaries, he struggles with the personal and professional changes in their relationship.
  • Sarayu Blue will co-star on the drama pilot starring Jennifer Morrison. Her casting is officially in second position to NBC's I Feel Bad, where she plays the lead role but failed to get much traction in the ratings and failed to earn an additional episode pickup.
  • She will play Ameni, an OB-GYN with a sub-specialty in high-risk pregnancies. She is opinionated, relentlessly passionate and enjoys a good fight. A wind-up toy who never slows down, you can get her going on any subject in about three seconds flat, but her positions are wildly inconsistent which is what makes her so much fun. When the hospital places an ultimatum on the private practice she shares with her best friends, she decides to vote Michael out which causes a rift between her and Cait (Morrison).
  • Juliet Rylance has booked the co-lead on the drama pilot starring Heather Graham and Adan Canto. She previously starred for two seasons in Cinemax's The Knick, one season in CBS' American Gothic and one season in AMC's McMafia.
  • Rylance will play Ellen, a passionate and talented hypnotherapist who has helped countless clients overcome obstacles and achieve their goals, but who has never managed to achieve her own goal of finding last romance. That is, until Patrick (Canto) comes along.
  • Jean-Luc Bilodeau has landed a series regular role on the comedy pilot starring Patricia Heaton. He previously starred for three seasons in ABC Family's Kyle XY and six seasons in Freeform's Baby Daddy.
  • He will play Daniel Kutcher, a Harvard-educated first-year resident.
  • Stony Blyden is set as a series regular on the drama pilot starring Jimmy Smits and Caitlin McGee. He has previously starred for two seasons in Nickelodeon's Hunter Street.
  • He will play Emerson, a tech-savvy assistant and paralegal for the law firm.