Thursday, May 13, 2021

Casting News - Betty Gilpin and Shea Whigham Join 'Gaslit'; Cherry Jones Books Role on 'Five Days at Memorial'; Plus 2 More Updates!

Casting News - May 13, 2021

AppleTV+'s Five Days at Memorial; Epix's Billy the Kid; HBO's The Righteous Gemstones; and Starz's Gaslit.

  • Tom Blyth will play the lead role on the upcoming drama created by Michael Hirst. He graduated from Juilliard in 2020. The newcomer also stars in the upcoming feature film Benediction.
  • He will play William H. Bonney, a young man with a modest demeanor and a civility and restraint in his nature, despite being the legendary outlaw, Billy the Kid. He's an impressive sure-shot whose gun hand seems to move faster than the eye can see, but he gets no joy from killing, feeling he's more sinned against than sinning.
  • Betty Gilpin, Shea Whigham and Darby Camp have joined the cast of the upcoming limited series starring Julia Roberts, Sean Penn and Dan Stevens. Gilpin previously starred for three seasons in Netflix's GLOW, receiving three Emmy Award nominations for her performance. Whigham currently stars in HBO's Perry Mason, which has been renewed for a second season. Camp stars in the Christmas Chronicles film franchise on Netflix.
  • Gilpin will play Mo Dean, a former stewardess who meets John Dean (Stevens) on a blind date and falls in love with him just as he becomes embroiled in Watergate. Sharp and quick-thinking, she learns her new husband is a principal figure in the scandal as they're both thrust onto a national stage.
  • Whigham will play G. Gordon Liddy, a former FBI agent and chief operative of Nixon's "Plumbers" unit who spearheads the Watergate espionage operation as part of Nixon's 1972 reelection campaign. A zealot and true believer, he follows his own moral code, which drives him to protect the President at all costs.
  • Camp will play Marty Mitchell, Martha Mitchell's (Roberts) daughter, who spent much of her young life living in her mother's shadow. Accustomed to being dressed up and paraded around parties, Marty has to choose between her parents as their marriage falls apart.
  • Cherry Jones will co-star on the upcoming limited series starring Vera Farmiga. She is a three-time Emmy Award winner for FOX's 24, Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale and HBO's Succession. She is also a Tony Award winner for the plays The Heiress and Doubt.
  • She will play Susan Mulderick, a hospital nursing director and head of the emergency preparedness committee, who becomes the designated incident commander for Hurricane Katrina.
  • Jason Schwartzman, Eric Roberts and Eric Andre have booked recurring roles on the comedy's upcoming second season. Schwartzman starred for three seasons in HBO's Bored to Death and in the fourth season of FX's Fargo. Roberts has recurred on USA's Suits, CBS' CSI and ABC's Grey's Anatomy. Andre created and stars in Adult Swim's The Eric Andre Show, which has produced five seasons.
  • Schwartzman will play Thaniel, a journalist working on a story about the ministries.
  • Roberts will play Junior, who grew up with Eli (John Goodman) and suddenly re-enters his life.
  • Andre will play Lyle Lissons, a megachurch pastor from Texas who befriends Jesse (Danny McBride) and Amber (Cassidy Freeman).