Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Casting News - Method Man Joins 'Power' Spinoff; Priyanka Chopra and Richard Madden to Headline 'Citadel'; Plus 4 More Updates!

Casting News - January 14, 2020

Amazon's Citadel, Lord of the Rings, The Power & Untitled Tracy Oliver Comedy; HBO Max's Americanah; and Starz's Power Book II: Ghost.

  • Method Man will star opposite Mary J. Blige in the upcoming spinoff of the hit drama Power. He became his career as a rapper performing as a member of the Wu-Tang Clan. He won a Grammy Award in 1996 alongside Blige for their duet "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By." As an actor, he has had recurring roles on HBO's The Wire, VH1's The Breaks, BET's Rebel and HBO's The Deuce.
  • He will Davis Maclean, a brilliant and ethically challenged attorney harboring a few secrets of his own. He is drawn into the Power world on multiple axes, and in a world riddled with murder and drugs, the only thing he's addicted to is winning.
  • Corey Hawkins has joined the cast of the upcoming limited series starring Lupita Nyong'o, Zackary Momoh and Uzo Aduba. He previously starred in FOX's one-season drama 24: Legacy and had a recurring role on AMC's The Walking Dead. His film credits include Straight Outta Compton, Kong: Skull Island, 6 Underground and the upcoming film adaptation of the Tony winning musical In the Heights.
  • He will play Blaine, Ifemelu's (Nyong'o) present-day boyfriend and a professor at Yale, who is madly in love with her. Deeply passionate about social justice issues, he tutors at-risk youths and organizes protests when a black security guard at Yale is wrongly accused.
  • Meagan Good, Grace Byers, Jerrie Johnson and Shoniqua Shandai will play the lead roles in the upcoming comedy created by Tracy Oliver. Good starred in the Think Like a Man film franchise. Byers starred for four seasons in FOX's Empire. Johnson stars in the indie film Mother's Milk. Shandai has recurred on TV Land's Nobodies and TNT's I Am the Night.
  • Good will play Camille, a stylish, sunny professor of anthropology course "Sex and Love" at Columbia University. While she has extensive knowledge about the dating and mating norms of many cultures, she has a hard time navigating the dating choices within her own life.
  • Byers will play Quinn, an optimistic, creative, romantic and talented fashion designer. She is a trust fund kid who lives a life paid primarily by her parents.
  • Johnson will play Tye, an alpha, fierce, queer and successful app developer who prefers keeping vulnerability and feelings at arm's length, causing her to date women who are not always her intellectual equal.
  • Shandai will play Angie, a smart, filter-free party, aspiring singer, who never met an impulse she did not follow and is living with Quinn rent-free.
  • Moreover, Girls Trip director Malcolm D. Lee has signed on to direct and executive produce the first two episodes of the first season.
  • Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Richard Madden will headline the upcoming drama created by Joe and Anthony Russo. Chopra Jonas previously starred for three seasons in ABC's Quantico. Her recent film credits include Baywatch and Isn't It Romantic. Madden starred for three seasons in HBO's Game of Thrones and one season in Netflix/BBC One's Bodyguard. He next stars in the upcoming Marvel film The Eternals.
  • No details were immediately released about the characters they will be playing. However, they will star in the U.S. "mothership" edition of the series - which is billed as a global event series. Amazon has also announced that local versions in Mexico, Italy and India are being developed.
  • During its presentation at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, Amazon has today confirmed the ensemble cast for the upcoming series adaptation set in the world of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. The official cast includes Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Budge, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers and Daniel Weyman.
  • No details were immediately released about the characters they will be playing. However, production is slated to start in February for a 2021 premiere.
  • John Leguizamo, Toheeb Jimoh, Ria Zmitrowicz, Halle Bush, Heather Agyepong, Nico Hiraga and Daniela Vega have been cast on the upcoming drama starring Leslie Mann and Auli'i Cravalho.
  • Leguizamo (When They See Us) will play Rob, Margot's (Mann) partner, a wonderful and supportive father, but he is struggling as a husband. He's always been a point of stability and support to his wife and kids, quick to make them laugh, but recently his marriage has cooled. But when the seismic changes caused by The Power impacts the unity of the family he loves, he is fearful for their safety but surprised by its effect on his wife and marriage.
  • Jimoh (The Feed) will play Tunde, a young and charming Nigerian with big dreams. An aspiring video journalist, he finds himself catapulted into the international spotlight when his video capturing the effects of the Power is posted to his YouTube channel and goes viral. Suddenly the world takes notice of the change that's happening, and he determines to investigate the phenomenon, reporting from the heart of events as they spread across the globe.
  • Zmitrowicz (Mr Selfridge) will play Roxy Monke, the illegitimate teenage daughter of feared London crime boss Bernie Monke. her dad loves her, but won't let her join the family business, no matter how many times she asks. Frustrated by her lowly position in the predominately male family hierarchy, she is determined to prove that she is far more capable than her brother. when she gets her Power, and as she slowly realizes its new unbridled strength, she takes matters into her own hands sparking a chain of events which spiral quickly out of control.
  • Bush will play Allie, who was given up by her birth parents early in her life. She's been moved from home to group home to failed adoption to yet more fostering, never spending more than a year in one place. She's only ever had herself to rely on, especially in her current abusive foster home. So when her Power awakens she takes the first opportunity to escape, embarking on a journey across the US which leads to revelation and transformation.
  • Hiraga (Booksmart) will play Ryan, who provides comfort to Jos (Cravalho) when she feels most isolated.
  • Agyepong (Noughts and Crosses) will play Ndudi, Tunde's close friend whose own first-hand experience of the Power on the Day of the Girls serves as catalyst for their investigations into the phenomenon.
  • Vega (Tales of the City) will play Sister Maria, a support to Allie when she needs it most.