Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Casting News - Rome Flynn Joins 'Raising Dion' and 'Dear White People'; Keiynan Lonsdale Boards 'Step Up'; Plus 3 More Updates!

Casting News - February 23, 2021

Amazon's The Terminal List & Upload; National Geographic's The Hot Zone: Anthrax; Netflix's Dear White People & Raising Dion; and Starz's Step Up.

  • Rome Flynn, Aubriana Davis, Tracey Bonner and Josh Ventura have joined the cast of the drama's upcoming second season. Moreover, Ali Ahn and Griffin Robert Faulkner have been promoted to series regulars after recurring in the first season. Flynn starred for two seasons in ABC's How to Get Away With Murder. Davis stars in National Geographic's upcoming limited series Genius: Aretha. Bonner has recurred on The CW's Black Lightning and Netflix's Sweet Magnolias. Ventura has recurred on OWN's Queen Sugar and Starz's P-Valley.
  • Flynn will play Tevin Wakefield, a former long-distance runner and Olympic track coach who becomes Dion's (Ja'Siah Young) trainer and mentor. He is protective yet playful, and develops a close relationship with both Dion and Nicole (Alisha Wainwright).
  • Davis will play Janelle Carr, a 15-year-old girl who has been labelled destructive and dangerous. Her mother brings her to BIONA in hopes of managing her "behavioral issues" once and for all. As she forms a bond with Nicole and Dion, Janelle begins to feel heard and valued for the first time in her life.
  • Bonner will play Simone Carr, Janelle's mother who is frightened for her daughter's future, and just wants her to live a normal life.
  • Ventura will play David Marsh, the new V.P. of Operations for BIONA, who hopes to rekindle his personal relationship with Suzanne Wu (Ahn).
  • Rome Flynn has also been cast in a recurring role on the comedy's upcoming fourth and final season. In addition to his starring role on ABC's How to Get Away With Murder, he won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2018 for CBS' The Bold and the Beautiful.
  • He will play David. No additional details were released about the character.
  • Rebbi Rosie, Keiynan Lonsdale and Enrique Murciano are set as new series regulars on the drama's upcoming third season. Rosie is a professional dancer making her acting debut with the series. Lonsdale starred for three seasons in The CW's The Flash and one season in The CW's Legends of Tomorrow. Murciano starred in the first season of Amazon's Tell Me Your Secrets.
  • Rosie will play Angel, who has descended into the world of High Water with an air of mystery and a backpack full of cash. She's running from the place she calls home, the seedy underworld of London's organized crime families. Now, she has come to the one place in the world where she can make her dreams a reality. Battle ready and street wise, Angel is ready to take on High Water and prove that she belongs amongst the best dancers in the world, all while breaking the hearts of these American guys and gals hopelessly entranced by her mix of raw swagger and British charm.
  • Lonsdale will play Tal, taking over the role originally played by Petrice Jones in the first two seasons. Once an outcast from Ohio, taken from his mother and dropped in the tough streets of Atlanta, he faced persecution for his eccentricities, his sexuality, and his refusal to submit to the expectations of others. Dancing his way into High Water, literally, beaten and bloodied, Tale became the pride of Sage Odom's (Ne-Yo) elite dance crew. Now, the lead dancer for Sage's massive tour, Tal must continue to be the most crucial piece in a support system that carries his friends, his family and a billion-dollar tour. He is lean, graceful and courageous, just like his nickname: the greyhound.
  • Murciano will play Cruz, a man hoping to carve his face into the Mount Rushmore of high profile, celebrity lawyers who will do whatever it takes to claw his way to the primetime status of Cochran, Dershowitz and Geragos, finally joining the pantheon of litigation gods. The case that will get him there: Sage Odom's murder accusation. As Cruz fights through the intrigue and conspiracy to save Sage's life and career, he can't help but think to the future, imagining himself sauntering down a red carpet like an urban cowboy in his sharply tailored Dries Van Noten.
  • Ian Colletti, Dawn Olivieri and Denyce Lawton have landed recurring roles on the upcoming second installment of the anthology series starring Daniel Dae Kim and Tony Goldwyn. Colletti previously starred for four seasons in AMC's Preacher. Olivieri starred for three seasons in Showtime's House of Lies. Lawton recurred on BET's House of Payne.
  • Colletti will play Agent Chris Moore, a newbie to the FBI with a dry sense of humor. A graduate of Quantico, he is eager to learn under a seasoned agent, although a microbiologist wouldn't have been his top choice as a mentor.
  • Oliviera will play Dani Toretti, one of the first agents on the ground at the 2001 Capitol Hill anthrax attack. With a Masters in psychology, she's an FBI Special Agent who gets pulled onto the Counterterrorism Unit after 9/11. As a behaviorist, she's tough enough to maneuver the boys club in the bureau, but grounded enough that her instincts point her in the right direction.
  • Lawton will play Sheila Willis, a pharmaceutical rep who lobbies on Capitol Hill. Graduated top three out of Texas, she has put more into her career than personal life, and has dated FBI Agent Ryker (Kim) off-and-on. After 9/11, everything feels a little stronger, deeper and more unsettled, which has her rethinking her priorities.
  • Taylor Kitsch will star opposite Chris Pratt in the upcoming drama based on the novel by Jack Carr. He previously starred for four seasons in NBC's Friday Night Lights, in the second season of HBO's True Detective and in the Paramount Network limited series Waco.
  • He will play Ben Edwards, a former Navy SEAL and James Reece's (Pratt) best friend. Now a member of CIA Ground Branch, he uses his intelligence access and operator skillset to help Reece seek his vengeance.
  • Paulo Costanzo has booked a recurring role on the comedy's upcoming second season. He previously starred for eight seasons in USA's Royal Pains and one season in ABC's Designated Survivor. He has also recurred on Syfy's The Expanse and HBO's The Night Of.
  • He will play Matteo, a young charismatic leader prone to bouts of self-importance.