Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Casting News - Winona Ryder, Zoe Kazan and John Turturro to Star in HBO's 'The Plot Against America'; Plus 3 More Updates!

Casting News - April 10, 2019

Epix's Belgravia; HBO's The Plot Against America; and Hulu's Castle Rock & Dollface.

  • Winona Ryder, Zoe Kazan, Morgan Spector, John Turturro, Anthony Boyle, Azhy Robertson and Caleb Malis will star in the upcoming limited series from David Simon. 
  • Ryder (Stranger Things, Show Me a Hero) will play Evelyn Finkel, an unmarried woman whose plans were arrested by 10 years of caring for her infirm mothers. She's exhilarated by the sudden attention of a key Charles Lindbergh supporter.
  • Kazan (Olive Kitteridge) will play Elizabeth "Bess" Levin, Evelyn's younger sister. An insightful mother and homemaker, she fears for the future and tries to protect her family from the escalating political climate and plan a possible escape.
  • Spector (Homeland) will play Herman, Bess' husband, an insurance agent who tries to maintain some normalcy even as the country seems to be slipping into fascism, anti-Semitism and xenophobic isolationism.
  • Turturro (The Night Of) will play Rabbi Lionel Bengelsdorf, a key figure in Lindbergh's administration despite growing opposition from the larger Jewish community.
  • Boyle (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) will play Alvin, Herman's orphaned nephew who allows political division in his family, personal grudges and abhorrence of hypocrisy to drive him from street crime to the battlefields of Europe and back.
  • Robertson (After the Wedding) will play Philip, the youngest Levin child who copes with his own innocent curiosity and growing anxiety that the world is collapsing around him.
  • Malis will play Sandy, Bess and Herman's artistic teenage son who rebels against his family - and his father in particular - as his adolescence becomes entangled with his growing admiration for Lindbergh, which Evelyn encourages.
  • Paul Sparks has been tapped to replace Garrett Hedlund on the anthology drama's upcoming second season. He earned an Emmy nomination for his recurring role on Netflix's House of Cards. He currently stars in Starz's Sweetbitter, which returns for its second season later in 2019.
  • He will play John "Ace" Merrill, Castle Rock's legendary bully who is taking over his uncle Pop's (Tim Robbins) businesses and threatening a fragile peace with nearby Jerusalem's Lot.
  • Tara Fitzgerald, Ella Purnell, Richard Goulding, James Fleet, Adam James, Paul Ritter and Saskia Reeves have joined the cast of the upcoming drama starring Alice Eve and Tamsin Greig. Fitzgerald recurred on HBO's Game of Thrones and starred in the Amazon limited series The ABC Murders. Purnell currently stars in Starz's Sweetbitter. Goulding starred in the HBO film Brexit. Fleet is best known for starring in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral. James starred in BBC One's Doctor Foster. Ritter stars in HBO's upcoming limited series Catherine the Great and Chernobyl. Reeves appeared in the Netflix limited series Collateral.
  • No details were immediately released about the characters they will be playing. However, production on the period drama from Julian Fellowes has begun today.
  • Shay Mitchell will co-star on the upcoming comedy starring Kat Dennings. She previously starred for seven seasons in Freeform's Pretty Little Liars and in the first season of Lifetime's You.
  • She will play Stella Cole, Madison's (Brenda Song) other best friend from college. She is a free spirit and charming hedonist. She replaces Lex Scott Davis, who was originally cast in the role.