Friday, May 14, 2021

Casting News - Gillian Anderson to Play Catherine's Mother on 'The Great'; Brian Van Holt Joins 'Joe Exotic'; Plus 2 More Updates!

Casting News - May 14, 2021

HBO's The White House Plumbers; Hulu's The Great; Peacock's Joe Exotic; and Showtime's Black Monday.

  • Gillian Anderson has landed a recurring role on the comedy's upcoming second season. She previously starred for eleven seasons in FOX's The X-Files, three seasons in Netflix's The Fall, one season in NBC's Hannibal and one season in Netflix's The Crown. She currently stars in Netflix's Sex Education, which returns for its third season later this year. She next stars in Showtime's upcoming drama The First Lady opposite Viola Davis and Michelle Pfeiffer. 
  • She will play Joanna, Catherine's (Elle Fanning) mother, a glamorous socialite from Germany, sometimes also known as the "maestro of marriage" for her abilities to arrange high profile partnerships for her daughters. She has heard rumors of her daughter's coup and comes to Russia to see it for herself. Though the apple of Catherine's eye and a doting mother, it soon becomes clear Joanna has more sinister intentions to save her family's reputation.
  • Brian Van Holt has joined the cast of the upcoming limited series starring Kate McKinnon and John Cameron Mitchell. He previously starred for five seasons in ABC/TBS' Cougar Town and in the Syfy limited series Ascension. He also recurred on FX's The Bridge.
  • He will play John Reinke, the zoo manager of Joe Exotic's (Mitchell) zoo, a loyal worker and friend until things go too far.
  • Sam Asghari has booked a recurring role on the comedy's upcoming third season. He has previously guest starred on CBS' NCIS and BET+'s The Family Business.
  • He will play Giancarlo, a super sexy model who works for Pfaffashions.
  • Zoe Levin, Tony Plana, Zak Orth, Nelson Ascencio, Tre Ryder, Gary Cole, Toby Huss and John Carroll Lynch will co-star on the upcoming limited series starring Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux. Levin previously starred for two seasons in Netflix's Bonding. Plana starred for four seasons in ABC's Ugly Betty. Orth starred for two seasons in NBC's Revolution. Ascencio appeared in the Hunger Games film franchise. Ryder starred in the 2019 feature film After the Wedding. Cole starred for four seasons in HBO's Veep and two seasons in ABC's Mixed-ish. Huss currently stars in AppleTV+'s Dickinson, which has been renewed for a third season. Lynch starred in the first season of ABC's Big Sky.
  • Levin will play Lisa Hunt, E. Howard Hunt's (Harrelson) bright and outspoken eldest daughter who struggles with her mental health and embraces the counterculture, which puts her at odds with her "image-conscious" father.
  • Plana will play Eugenio "Muscolito" Martinez, a hardened but melancholy CIA commando who walks away from a failing marriage to help the Plumbers destroy the Democrats.
  • Orth will play Alfred Baldwin, a former FBI agent who answers a want-ad in a trade magazine to operate surveillance equipment, and becomes the Plumbers' eyes and ears.
  • Ascencio will play Virgilio "Villo" Gonzalez, a hapless Miami-based CIA-trained locksmith who never seems to have the right set of tools.
  • Ryder will play David Hunt, the Hunts' young son who finds his innocence destroyed by the events of Watergate. 
  • Cole will play Mark Felt, the incorruptible deputy director of the FBI.
  • Huss will play James McCord, the socially awkward head of security for the Committee to Re-Elect the President, and the Plumbers' electronics expert.
  • Lynch will play John Mitchell, President Nixon's formidable and corrupt former Attorney General who is now the head of Nixon's re-election campaign.