Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Casting News - Tony Hale to Star in 'The Mysterious Benedict Society'; Rick Hoffman to Recur on 'Billions'; Plus 6 More Updates!

Casting News - February 26, 2020

ABC's The Big Sky; AppleTV+'s Severance; Disney+'s Turner & Hooch; Epix's Pennyworth; FX's American Horror Story; Hulu's The Mysterious Benedict Society; Netflix's Pieces of Her; and Showtime's Billions.

  • Rick Hoffman has booked a recurring role on the drama's upcoming fifth season. He previously starred for nine seasons in USA's Suits.
  • He will play Dr. Swerdlow, a medical man with unorthodox methods.
  • Series creator Ryan Murphy has today announced that the cast for the upcoming tenth season will feature Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Leslie Grossman, Billie Lourd, Adina Porter, Lily Rabe, Angelica Ross, Finn Wittorck and Macaulay Culkin.
  • No details were released about the characters they will be playing or the theme for the upcoming season. The anthology drama has been renewed through its thirteenth season by FX.
  • James Purefoy, Edward Hogg and Jessye Romeo have joined the drama's upcoming second season as new series regulars. Moreover, Ramon Tikaram and Harriet Slater have been promoted to series regulars after recurring during the first season.
  • Purefoy (The Following, Sex Education) will play Captain Gulliver Troy, Alfred's (Jack Bannon) former SAS Captain. He is a charismatic, cultured brute and a powerful man of appetites - whether that be drink, women or danger.
  • Hogg (Taboo, Harlots) will play Colonel Salt, a would-be despot masquerading as an obedient civil servant. He is a calculating killer, whether by pen or sword.
  • Romeo (Curfew, In the Long Run) will play Katie Browning, an idealistic art student whose life is uprooted by civil war. She is righteous, defiant and wonderfully naive.
  • Tikarama plays Victor Aziz, the charming and sardonic inspector who keeps his clear head and dry wit even as London descends into chaos.
  • Slater plays Sandra Onslow, a budding '60s starlet. Alfred's on-again/off-again girlfriend, she is now resident singer in his club, with dreams of becoming the next Sandie Shaw.
  • Tony Hale will play a dual role on the upcoming drama based on the novel of the same name. He previously starred for five seasons in FOX/Netflix's Arrested Development and seven seasons in HBO's Veep, where he won two Emmy Awards for his supporting performance. He also voices Forky in the Pixar film Toy Story 4 as well as the Disney+ short series Forky Asks a Question.
  • He will play Mr. Benedict, a rumpled, affable eccentric genius. He is the head of the Mysterious Benedict Society - a group of orphans he has recruited to save the world. While Mr. Benedict is reluctant to put the children in harm's way, he feels there is no other choice. His Society is mysterious and so is Mr. Benedict himself; he is the genial, cunning mastermind.
  • He will also play Mr. Curtain, Mr. Benedict's frustratingly sharp, well put-together (if villainous) twin brother.
  • Lyndsy Fonseca and Carra Patterson will co-star on the upcoming hourlong comedy starring Josh Peck. Fonseca starred for four seasons in The CW's Nikita and recurred on ABC's Agent Carter. Patterson starred for two seasons in E!'s The Arrangement.
  • Fonseca will play Laura, Scott Turner's (Peck) sister and the mother of 7-year-old Matthew. Like the rest of her family, she is still coming to terms with the death of their father. A dog lover, who currently owns special needs dogs, she brings over their father's legacy to Scott, a huge slobbery dog named Hooch. Laura is close to both her brother and mother - with whom she discovers that their father's death may not have been an accident.
  • Patterson will play Jessica, Scott Turner's partner, and a sharp contrast to his spit-and-polish ways (which she constantly teases him about). Brave and quick-thinking on the job (though sometimes her sense of humor gets her in trouble), she genuinely respects and supports Scott. Happily married to Grady, she has no problem with Scott's new sidekick, a slobbery dog named Hooch, and she's willing to bring Hooch to work with them on a tough case.
  • Tramell Tillman has been cast as a series regular on the upcoming drama starring Adam Scott and Patricia Arquette. He has previously recurred on Epix's Godfather of Harlem and Amazon's Hunters. He also starred in AMC's one-season drama Dietland.
  • He will play Milchick, an intensely earnest employee at Lumen Industries.
  • Bella Heathcote has landed the co-lead on the upcoming drama starring Toni Collette. She starred for two seasons in Amazon's The Man in the High Castle and two seasons in CBS All Access' Strange Angel.
  • She will play Andy Oliver, Laura's (Collette) 30-year-old daughter. A self-saboteur, she is a college dropout living in her mother's garage apartment. Aimless and struggling for direction, she is the complete opposite of her mother, who is a poised and well-respected speech pathologist. When a life-changing incident takes place at a small-town diner, Andy is forced to fend for herself as she is plunged into a world where nothing is as it seems.
  • Ryan Phillippe has joined the cast of the upcoming drama created by David E. Kelley. He previously starred for one season in ABC's Secrets & Lies and three seasons in USA's Shooter.
  • He will play Cody Hoyt, a well-meaning ex-cop turned private investigator in Helena, Montana. Married to but separated from Jenny, his life becomes complicated when he's asked to help find his son's missing girlfriend.