Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Casting News - 'The First Lady' Adds Derek Cecil and Aya Cash; Michelle Gomez Joins 'Doom Patrol'; Plus 4 More Updates!

Casting News - March 10, 2021

ABC's Women of the Movement; CBS' NCIS; HBO Max's Doom Patrol; Hulu's Wu-Tang: An American Saga; Netflix's First Kill and Showtime's The First Lady.

  • Sarah Catherine Hook and Imani Lewis will play the lead roles on the upcoming drama executive produced by Emma Roberts. Hook has guest starred on NBC's Law & Order: SVU, AMC's NOS4A2 and Hulu's Monsterland. Lewis has previously recurred on Netflix's The Get Down, FOX's Star and Starz's Hightown.
  • Hook will play Juliette Fairmont, a shy, kind teenage girl who was born a vampire and determined not to be a monster. Her family has always supported her but as she comes into her own, her quest for love is challenged by her legacy.
  • Lewis will play Calliope "Cal" Burns, a fearless, headstrong monster hunter. Behind that strong veneer is a vulnerable young teen torn between her duty to her family and the secret yearnings for love.
  • Joshua Caleb Johnson has booked a recurring role on the upcoming limited series starring Adrienne Warren. He previously starred in the Showtime limited series The Good Lord Bird. He is currently recurring on the fourth season of FX's Snowfall.
  • He will play Wheeler Parker Jr., Emmett Till's (Cedric Joe) beloved best friend and cousin who went on vacation with him to Mississippi in 1955, a vacation that would change both of their lives forever.
  • Michelle Gomez has joined the drama's upcoming third season as a new series regular. She previously starred for two seasons in Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and in the first season of HBO Max's The Flight Attendant.
  • She will play Madame Rouge, a complicated and electrifying eccentric, who arrives at Doom Manor with a very specific mission... if only she could remember it.
  • Derek Cecil, Aya Cash, Jake Picking, Cayden Boyd, Marc Hills, Ben Cook, Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer, Thomas E. Sullivan and Patrice Johnson Chevannes have been cast on the upcoming anthology drama starring Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Gillian Anderson. Cecil starred for four seasons in Netflix's House of Cards. Cash starred for five seasons in FXX's You're the Worst and one season in Amazon's The Boys. Picking starred in the Netflix limited series Hollywood. Boyd has guest starred on CBS' NCIS and FOX's The Resident. Hills is a member of the sketch-comedy troupe The Elephant Department. Cook starred in the HBO film Paterno. Kritzer recently recurred on Epix's Bridge and Tunnel. Sullivan has recurred on ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The CW's Roswell, New Mexico. Chevannes has guest starred on Netflix's Chambers, FX's Pose and Hulu's Shrill.
  • Cecil will play Donald Rumsfeld, a former Illinois congressman tapped to serve as Secretary of Defense under President Gerald Ford (Aaron Eckhart).
  • Cash will play Esther Liebowitz, the press secretary to Betty Ford (Pfeiffer), who often butts heads with Betty for suggesting more conservative strategies than Betty wants to embrace.
  • Picking will play the young Jerry Ford, an ex-college football player just returned from the service, who meets Betty Ford in Michigan and marries her in 1948, just as he wins his first Congressional seat.
  • Boyd will play Michael Ford, Jerry and Betty Ford's oldest son.
  • Hills will play Jack Ford, Jerry and Betty Ford's second eldest son.
  • Cook will play Steven Ford, Jerry and Betty Ford's youngest son.
  • Kritzer will play Martha Graham, an American modern dancer and choreographer whose technique reshaped American dance. She instructed Betty as a young and hopeful dancer living in New York City in 1939.
  • Sullivan will play Bill Warren, Betty Ford's first husband, a salesman she marries in 1942 and then divorces in 1947.
  • Chevannes will play Clara Powell, the Ford family's longtime nanny and family friend, who remained one of Betty Ford's closest confidants during her addiction treatment.
  • Uyoata Udi is set as a new series regular on the drama's upcoming second season. He has previously guest starred on HBO's Watchmen and NBC's This Is Us.
  • He will play Jason Richard Hunter aka Rebel/Inspectah Deck. Raised in the rough Park Hill projects in Staten Island, he has aspirations of becoming a successful rapper. He has a quiet confidence that can come across as lackadaisical, but he's always observing, picking up on small nuances and character traits that others miss. He's a perfectionist who is constantly perfecting his craft - practicing and creating rhymes from his everyday observations. His introspective demeanor can fool you into thinking he's easygoing, but if tested he won't back down.
  • Katrina Law has landed a recurring role on the drama's eighteenth season - with an option to become a series regular. She previously starred for two seasons in Starz's Spartacus, two seasons in Sony Crackle's The Oath and one season in CBS' Hawaii Five-0. She has also recurred on The CW's Arrow.
  • She will play Special Agent Jessica Knight, a formidable REACT Team agent who specializes in hostage negotiations and handles daily high-risk operations with skill and precision. Sharp, athletic and tough, she was raised by a single mother and had to fight for everything in life and is damn good at it. Fiercely tenacious and with a wry sense of humor, Jessica is married to a stay-at-home dad who is raising their infant son.