Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Casting News - Yaya DaCosta and Torrey DeVitto Leaving NBC's 'Chicago Med' After Six Seasons; Plus 6 More Updates!

Casting News - May 12, 2021

Amazon's Lightyears; CBS' Ghosts; Epix's From; FOX's Our Kind of People; HBO's Untitled Lakers Drama & The White House Plumbers; and NBC's Chicago Med.

  • Yaya DaCosta and Torrey DeVitto will exit the drama as series regulars during its current sixth season. The contracts for both actresses - as well as the majority of the main cast - were up after six seasons. They opted to leave instead of signing new deals to continue. Both actresses have been with the show since its series premiere in 2015. The drama has already been renewed for its seventh and eighth seasons.
  • DaCosta plays April Sexton, a nurse in the emergency department.
  • DeVitto plays Dr. Natalie Manning, a pediatrics specialist working in the emergency department.
  • Shortly after her exit from Chicago Med was announced, it was revealed that Yaya DaCosta will play the lead role in the upcoming drama created by Karin Gist. In addition to her six years on the NBC drama, she is best known for competing in the third season of UPN's America's Next Top Model and starring in the Lifetime film Whitney.
  • She will play Angela Vaughn, a fashion-forward "boho" woman, an up-and-coming hair products entrepreneur. She grew up in a working class household and has never gotten over the fact that her wealthy father (who she never met) turned his back on them. After the death of her beloved mother Eve, Angela inherits a waterfront Main Street property on Martha's Vineyard, and moves there with her alienated daughter Nikki. She intends to open a store on the island and further build her brand, and she's hoping to gain acceptance into the Vineyard's elite and long-standing Black community. But her way is blocked by Leah Franklin Dupont, the social arbiter who rules the roost on the island. However, Angela is a fighter who isn't deterred.
  • Adam Bartley, Chai Hansen, Julieta Zylberberg, Rocío Hernández and Kiah McKirnan will co-star on the upcoming drama starring Sissy Spacek and J.K. Simmons. Bartley previously starred for six seasons in A&E/Netflix's Longmire. Hansen has recurred on Freeform's Shadowhunters and The CW's The 100. Zylberberg recently starred in the Argentine drama Separadas. Hernández has recently appeared in the Argentine limited series La Caída. McKirnan is currently recurring on HBO's Mare of Easttown.
  • Bartley will play Byron, Franklin (Simmons) and Irene's (Spacek) neighbor, a local busybody convinced the Yorks are up to something nefarious and is determined to prove he's right.
  • Hansen will play Jude, a charming and enigmatic young man who enters the Yorks' lives in an unexpected way, and quickly forms a close bond with Irene.
  • Zylberberg will play Stella, a single mother living in rural Argentina, trying to raise her teenage daughter, but also burdened by a dark family secret.
  • Hernández will play Toni, Stella's daughter, a shy teenager who, wanting more from life, starts to resent her protective and secretive mother.
  • McKirnan will play Denise, the Yorks' granddaughter, a graduate student haunted by the loss of her father who seeks validation in both overachieving and looking after her grandparents' needs.
  • Eion Bailey has joined the cast of the upcoming drama starring Harold Perrineau. He has previously recurred on ABC's Once Upon a Time, Showtime's Ray Donovan, CBS' Stalker and CBS All Access' The Stand.
  • He will play Jim Matthews. Along with his wife, he is struggling in the aftermath of a personal tragedy and suddenly finds himself and his family trapped in the town.
  • Gillian Jacobs and Wood Harris are the latest additions to the upcoming drama starring John C. Reilly, Jason Clarke, Adrien Brody and Sally Field. Jacobs previously starred for six seasons in NBC's Community and three seasons in Netflix's Love. Harris starred for three seasons in HBO's The Wire and two seasons in FOX's Empire.
  • Jacobs will play Chris Riley, the wife of former Lakers head coach Pat Riley (Brody). Her husband might be the one wearing the whistle, but she is the one with a plan. Therapist by trade, she uses her emotional expertise and strategic genius to shape the Lakers into champions.
  • Harris will play Spencer Haywood. In 1970s, he took the NBA to the Supreme Court, winning the right to join the league before graduating college, therefore paving the way for future greats like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. But the groundbreaking court case also won him a label: troublemaker. His willingness to fight for his rights stymied the next 9 years of his career. Joining the Lakers roster reignites his hope for a championship win - but, first, he'll have to face his own demons.
  • Devan Chandler Long has been cast as a series regular on the upcoming comedy starring Rose McIver and Utkarsh Ambudkar. He has previously recurred on Hulu's Runaways, Starz's Now Apocalypse, Amazon's Bosch, ABC's The Rookie and DC Universe's Doom Patrol.
  • He will play Thorfinn, a large, hulking Viking who is also a bit of a neat freak.
  • Kiernan Shipka, Ike Barinholtz, Yul Vazquez, David Krumholtz, Rich Sommer, Kim Coates and Liam James are set as series regulars on the upcoming limited series starring Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux. Shipka and Sommer both previously starred for seven seasons in AMC's Mad Men. Barinholtz starred for six seasons in FOX/Hulu's The Mindy Project. Vazquez starred in the HBO limited series The Outsider. Krumholtz starred for three seasons in HBO's The Deuce. Coates starred for seven seasons in FX's Sons of Anarchy. James starred in Syfy's one-season drama Deadly Class.
  • Shipka will play Kevan Hunt, the president of the Smith College Republicans and the golden child of the Hunt family.
  • Barinholtz will play Jeb Magruder, the deputy head of the Committee to Re-Elect President Nixon, a glad-handing good-time Charlie charged with riding herd on the fanatical Plumbers.
  • Vazquez will play Bernard "Macho" Barker, E. Howard Hunt's (Harrelson) devoted right-hand man during the Bay of Pigs Campaign, now over-the-hill - and undertrained - for committing burglary, but too proud to admit it.
  • Krumholtz will play William O. Bittman, a fearless former prosecutor. He's the guy who put Jimmy Hoffa in jail - but now is defending Hunt, placing him in the center of an obstruction of justice operation that brings down President Nixon.
  • Sommer will play Egil "Bud" Krogh, a junior Nixon aide, who in an effort to protect Nixon's agenda from leaks such as the Pentagon papers, unites G. Gordon Liddy (Theroux) and Hunt and unleashes them on the world.
  • Coates will play Frank Sturgis, the Plumbers' muscle, a daring former US Marine who became a mass murderer for Fidel Castro, and then became an anti-Castro operative when Castro aligned with Russia.
  • James will play Saint John Hunt, Hunt's 18-year-old son, a sensitive aspiring musician, who is pulled into Hunt's shadowy world of deception.