Thursday, May 20, 2021

Casting News - Kathleen Turner Joins 'The White House Plumbers'; Moran Atias to Recur on 'Animal Kingdom'; Plus 3 More Updates!

Casting News - May 20, 2021

HBO's The White House Plumbers; HBO Max's Raised by Wolves & The Staircase; Starz's Dangerous Liaisons; and TNT's Animal Kingdom.

  • Alice Englert and Nicholas Denton will star in the upcoming drama created by Harriet Warner. Englert starred in the second season of SundanceTV+'s Top of the Lake and recently recurred on Netflix's Ratched. Denton previously recurred on the Australian drama Glitch.
  • Englert will play Camille, the Marquise de Merteuil, a beautiful young woman from nowhere with a mysterious past who seeks revenge on the wealthy aristocrats who led her to ruin. Betrayed by her lover, she turns heartbreak into empowerment as she strategizes to gain status, power and freedom.
  • Denton will play Pascal Valmont, the Vicomte de Valmont, who was driven to regain the title and status stolen from him by his stepmother after his father's death. Without status or money, he must seduce and blackmail to get what he wants, even if it risks losing the one he loves most - Camille.
  • Kathleen Turner has joined the cast of the upcoming limited series starring Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in the 1987 film Peggy Sue Got Married. She also was nominated for two Tony Awards for her performances in the plays Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. She currently stars in the upcoming third and final season of Netflix's The Kominsky Method.
  • She will play Dita Beard, a crusty, foul-mouthed lobbyist for the ITT corporation involved in some dirty deals with the Nixon administration.
  • Peter Christoffersen, Selina Jones, Morgan Santo, James Harkness, Kim Engelbrecht and Jennifer Saayeng are set as new cast additions for the drama's upcoming second season. Christoffersen starred in the Danish drama When the Dust Settles. Jones stars in the short film Fragments. Santo has guest starred on BBC America's The Watch. Harkness starred in the Netflix limited series The English Game. Engelbrecht starred for two seasons in Syfy's Dominion. Saayeng recurred on BBC One's The Capture.
  • Christoffersen will play Cleaver, a devoted atheist soldier, a veteran of the war on Earth whose only friend is the super computer he has been sworn to protect.
  • Jones will play Grandmother, a god-like android built thousands of years ago by members of the lost civilization that existed on Kepler 22b.
  • Santo will play Vrille, a fully humanoid android custom built to look and behave just as the real Vrille Pell did the year she committed suicide. She is rebellious, impulsive, dark - and has an affection for rabbits and other small animals, which she likes to pet and hold when she is overtaxed. Though fairly stable, certain triggers cause Vrille to enter states of confusion, obsession and mania.
  • Harkness will play Tamerlane, an atheist army grunt soldier with a defiant personality. His early life was a horror - until he found his calling with the atheist army, fighting the Mithraic on Earth. But now that he's a member of the burgeoning atheist colony on Kepler 22b, he is expected to forget the hate he feels towards his enemy and accept a number of Mithraic as neighbors - an expectation which he violently rebels against.
  • Engelbrecht will play Decima, a highly educated, prominent scientist and weapons developer on Earth who did a lot of immoral things in order to achieve success/domination in her field. She is notoriously ruthless - but still carries guilt - though she erased much of her guilty feelings with futuristic therapies she personally helped develop.
  • Saayeng will play Nerva, a tough atheist woman who runs an underground network of goods and services. She is a civilian who was brought aboard a hijacked ark along with many others, simply due to geography and the fact they identified as atheists. She lost a child to disease during the trip to Kepler - and often secretly looks out for children living in the colony.
  • Juliette Binoche will co-star on the upcoming limited series starring Colin Firth and Toni Collette. She won an Academy Award in 1996 for her supporting performance in the film The English Patient. She was also nominated for a Tony Award in 2001 for the play Betrayal.
  • No details were immediately announced about the character she will be playing.
  • Moran Atias has booked a recurring role on the drama's upcoming sixth and final season. She previously starred for three seasons in FX's Tyrant and in NBC's one-season drama The Village. She also recurred on FOX's 24: Legacy.
  • She will play Louise Thompson, a San Diego County detective whose approach to investigations is the same as the kind of cases she tackles - cold. Her relentless pursuit of killers is driven by a dark, complicated and twisted history that comes from her trying to outrun her own trauma. She uses every method of manipulation - lying and ignoring police procedure - to find justice for long-dead victims. And now, she has the Codys in her crosshairs.