Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Casting News - Denée Benton, Louisa Jacobson and Taissa Farmiga to Co-Star on HBO's 'The Gilded Age'; Plus 2 More Updates!

Casting News - November 19, 2019

BBC America's The Watch; HBO's The Gilded Age; and Paramount's Coyote.

  • Anna Chancellor, James Fleet, Ingrid Oliver, Ruth Madeley, Hakeem Kae-Kazim and Bianca Simone Mannie have been cast on the upcoming drama starring Richard Dormer.
  • Chancellor (Pennyworth) will play Lord Vetinari, the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, and architect of the city's normalized wrongness and ramshackle system of governance.
  • Fleet (Outlander) will play The Archchancellor, a wizard, magical advisor and the Head of the Unseen University.
  • Oliver (Doctor Who) will play Doctor Cruces, the head of The Assassins' Guild.
  • Madeley (The Rook) will play Throat, the city's best snitch, with a gang of freelance henchmen at her beck and call.
  • Kae-Kazim (Black Sails) will play Captain John Keel, the former leader of The Watch and mentor to Sam Vimes (Dormer), determined to save the corrupt and chaotic city.
  • Mannie (Dead in the Water) will play Wonse, a cunning wizard hopeful in waiting that is frequently underestimated.
  • Denée Benton, Louisa Jacobson, Taissa Farmiga, Blake Ritson and Simon Jones will co-star on the upcoming drama starring Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon, Amanda Peet and Morgan Spector.
  • Benton (UnREAL) will play Peggy Scott, who was a young child when slavery was abolished and her parents were freed in West Virginia. Raised in New York, she is among the first generation of African Americans who never really knew slavery first hand. She has a past which she is not anxious to share with anyone, but like Marian, she is in need of a friend and a new start when they meet in Charleston. They travel to New York together and decide that Peggy will pose as Marian's maid until she can decide what to do next with her life. Her dream is to become a writer, but she has difficulty in expressing this because she thinks she will be perceived as foolish for having such a desire.
  • Jacobson (Gone Hollywood) will play Marian Brook, our principal heroine. Lovely and strong, she was born to an old southern family, but her father has left her without a penny. In one way, she knows that her probable fate will be to marry as well as she can and survive, but she wants more than this. She is of her own time, and so curtailed by the rules then obtaining, but there is a modern streak in her too. She wants to do something with her life. She wanted to be fulfilled. She moves from Charleston to New York City after her father dies to live with her estranged aunts.
  • Farmiga (American Horror Story) will play Gladys Russell, a classic, innocent and lovely child of the rich who doesn't want a governess or for her mother to treat her as a child anymore. She wants to be out in society meeting suitable young men. She doesn't really know how her father made his money, and she doesn't much care, but she is used to it and wouldn't know what to do without it. She has an independent streak, but her petulance is no match for her mama. Her mother uses her as a tool for her own ambition and forces her toward socially advantageous situations.
  • Ritson (Krypton) will play Oscar Van Rhijn, Agnes' (Baranski) charismatic son. He's decided it's time to settle down and has become obsessed with money while on the lookout for a serious heiress who will allow him to live, as he would put it, properly. Smart, attractive, poised, charming and mischievous, he enjoys witty banter. He is one of the few who will stand up to his mother and will not listen to his mother's advice which will cause her a good deal of frustration.
  • Jones (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) will play Bannister, an English immigrant and the Van Rhijn's butler. He likes to give the impression that he is immensely grand but in fact he was the son of a poor cobbler from the English midlands, whose grandmother paid for him to sail on an emigration ship when he was fourteen years old. He came up the hard way, learning how to speak, how to dress, how to behave, changing jobs each time he felt he was ready for the next step. He joined the Van Rhijn household a year before the death of Mr. Van Rhijn and so, for the old lady, he is a link with her own past. He will take a risk, exposing his rival in the Russell household by digging up his unsavory past and humiliating him in front of the staff he commands.
  • Juan Pablo Raba is set for a lead role on the upcoming drama starring Michael Chiklis. He starred for two seasons in History's Six. He has also recurred on Netflix's Narcos and ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • He will play El Cartin, the head of a small family cartel in Mexico. He is something of an anomaly - charming and impeccably dress, a man of this word who would just as soon invite you to dinner as have you killed for breaking a deal.