Thursday, February 18, 2021

Casting News - Lili Simmons, Shane Harper and Tommy Flanagan to Co-Star on 'Power Book IV: Force'; Plus 4 More Updates!

Casting News - February 18, 2021

ABC's Rebel; AMC's Pantheon; CBS' MacGyver; The CW's Kung Fu; and Starz's Power Book IV: Force.

  • Sharon Lawrence, Mo McRae, Sarah Grace White and Nina Millin have been cast in recurring roles on the upcoming drama starring Katey Sagal. Lawrence has recurred on Showtime's Shameless, OWN's Queen Sugar and AppleTV+'s Home Before Dark. McRae starred in FOX's one-season drama Pitch. White starred in FX's one-season drama The Bastard Executioner. Millin has recurred on ABC's Grey's Anatomy.
  • Lawrence will play Angela, a flirty, upbeat, single woman who gets involved in Rebel's (Sagal) life in unexpected ways.
  • McRae will play Amir, a smart, sexy and arrogant attorney at the central law firm. He assists Cassidy (Lex Scott Davis) in her defense of a client. He is also her love interest.
  • White will play Jackie Huber, a fan of Rebel who comes to her for help with her landlord issues.
  • Millin will play Judge Bobiak, who presides over the central case of the season.
  • Alexandra Grey has booked a recurring role on the drama's fifth season. She has previously recurred on NBC's Chicago Med, Amazon's Transparent and FOX's Empire.
  • She will play Parker, a transgender female Phoenix engineer who has been tapped by Director Matty Webber (Meredith Eaton) to provide critical assistance to MacGyver (Lucas Till) and the team. Whether it be cracking cyphers to solve a case or lending a supportive ear when needed, Parker has their back.
  • Ludi Lin has landed a recurring role on the upcoming drama starring Olivia Liang. He previously starred in the 2017 feature film Power Rangers. He next stars in the upcoming feature film Mortal Kombat.
  • He will play Kerwin, the heir to the billionaire Tan family fortune. He is dashing, handsome, physically fit and impossibly charismatic. He puts on a suave playboy act to the world but is driven by a deep hurt and antipathy towards his father. An erotically charged partnership with Zhilan (Yvonne Chapman) will provide Kerwin with just the path to revenge (and vindication) he has been waiting for.
  • Lili Simmons, Gabrielle Ryan, Isaac Keys, Shane Harper, Kris D. Lofton, Anthony Fleming III, Lucien Cambric and Tommy Flanagan will co-star on the upcoming Power spinoff starring Joseph Sikora. Simmons starred for four seasons in Cinemax's Banshee. Ryan has recently recurred on Netflix's Bonding and OWN's The Haves and the Have Nots. Keys has recurred on Sony Crackle's The Oath and Epix's Get Shorty. Harper starred in the first season of Starz's Hightown and in the FX on Hulu limited series A Teacher. Lofton has recurred on HBO's Ballers. Fleming III has recurred on FOX's Prison Break. Cambric has recurred on Showtime's The Chi and NBC's Chicago P.D. Flanagan starred for seven seasons in FX's Sons of Anarchy.
  • Simmons will play Claudia "Claud" Flynn, the only daughter to the largest kingpin in Chicago. Astute doesn't begin to describe her - her intellect is a mixture of Ivy League lecture halls and Chicago street-smarts. She is as brilliant as a politician and as blunt as a pipe wrench to the face. She doesn't need the green light or permission to set things in motion, she is the fire starter and the one person nobody in Chicago should ever count out. In a male-dominated business, Claud is determined to carve out her own path and one that might save her family in the end.
  • Ryan will play Gloria, a razor-sharp and stunning former Marine carving her own path in Chicago. She's passionate, fiery and beholden to no man. Out of the small kitchen in the back of her bar, she pumps out Michelin-level, Jamaican inspired dishes. Her clientele is a revolving door of Irish mobsters looking to move in on her real estate. This doesn't stop Gloria's hustle and dream of one day owning her own restaurant and being free from under the watchful eye of the crime family that she's entangled with. A chance encounter with Tommy (Sikora) quickly causes a seismic shift in the lives of those around her that only she can unravel.
  • Keys will play Diamond, a gentle giant with truthful eyes and a body made of granite with defensive precision, a trait drilled into him during a 15-year sentence. Before he got locked up, he was the young head of Chicago's most promising crew that was taking over the city. In his short time at the helm, he created a tactical drug running outfit respected by all of Chicago's crime families. He spent his time in prison reading the classics, educating himself on everything from history to literature to philosophy. Now that he's out, Diamond plans on taking the reins back from his crew's interim leader - his younger brother.
  • Harper will play Vic Flynn, the heir apparent to Chicago's largest crime family - a prince who leads with his heart as much as his fists. Vic resents the fact that his father has mapped out his entire life for him - both in business and in love. He can roll with Chicago's wealthiest socialites just as easily as he can get down with Chicago's heaviest dealers. Realizing his father has taken a shine to Tommy, Vic will fight to regain control of his rightful position at any and all costs. Looking to move his family's business forward and bury old beefs, his allegiance to his family is put to the test and where he comes out on it will impact the entire city of Chicago's power structure.
  • Lofton will play Jenard Sampson. Not a traditional student, but a shining star who was gifted from birth, he was accepted to Brown University within days of his older brother Diamond being sentence to 15 years. He parked his ambitions of academia and took the reins of one of Chicago's largest crews. Buffeted by the benefits of Diamond being his brother and keeper, he took power of the organization with an unbridled ability of a CEO along with the wild energy to end anybody that crosses him.
  • Fleming III will play JP Gibbs, a gifted jazz musician who toured several continents, developing a rich worldliness that comes through in his swagger and collage of diverse tattoos. He owns and operates a blues club with his ailing father that has been the target of several attacks by local gang members. As rich as his life is, he still carries the pain of never having had a mother in his life and having a son he has no relationship with. JP's world is thrown off its axis when he crosses paths with Tommy.
  • Cambric will play Darnell "D-Mac" McDowell, a young man who has been raised by the streets of Chicago's Southside. Independent, fiercely loyal and completely unflinching when called upon to represent his crew, he is still a kid at heart looking for someone to take care of him. After a run in with Tommy proves to be more than a fluke, D-Mac looks to Tommy as he hits a crossroads in his life that can completely upend his future.
  • Flanagan will play Walter Flynn, the head of the Irish crime family in Chicago. Despite living a life of immense prosperity in his castle on the lake, he longs for the way things used to be. He believes that without community and family, there is no tradition, and his deeply held code of honor bleeds into every aspect of his life. As he ushered his family into the 21st century, Walker quickly saw the criminal organization he built facing threats he never accounted for.
  • William Hurt, Maude Apatow, Corey Stoll and Lara Pulver have joined the voice cast of the upcoming animated drama starring Katie Chang and Daniel Dae Kim. Hurt starred in the first seasons of Amazon's Goliath and Epix's Condor. Apatow currently stars in HBO's Euphoria, which returns for its second season later this year. Stoll currently stars in Showtime's Billions, which has already been renewed for its sixth season. Pulver starred for three seasons in Starz's Da Vinci's Demons.
  • Hurt will play Stephen Holstrom, a legendary genius billionaire.
  • Apatow will play Justine, Maddie's (Chang) new friend.
  • Stoll and Pulver will voice various roles throughout the series.