Thursday, June 10, 2021

Casting News - William H. Macy & Laurie Metcalf to Co-Star on 'The Dropout'; Jameela Jamil Joins 'She-Hulk'; Plus 5 More Updates!

Casting News - June 10, 2021

Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel & The Offenders; Disney+'s She-Hulk; FOX's Our Kind of People; HBO's Somebody Somewhere; HBO Max's The Staircase; and Hulu's The Dropout.

  • Claes Bang has joined the cast of the upcoming comedy starring Stephen Merchant and Christopher Walken. He previously starred in the Netflix limited series Dracula and recurred on Showtime's The Affair. He also starred in the 2017 feature film The Square.
  • He will play Dean, a mysterious and terrifying London gang boss, who is chasing a debt owed by the offenders.
  • Milo Ventimiglia will appear in the comedy's upcoming fourth season. He currently stars in NBC's This Is Us, which has been renewed for a sixth and final season. He previously starred for two seasons in The WB's Gilmore Girls, which was also helmed by Mrs. Maisel creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.
  • No details were immediately announced about the role he will be playing.
  • Jeff Hiller, Mary Catherine Garrison, Danny McCarthy and Mike Hagerty have been cast as series regulars on the upcoming comedy starring Bridget Everett. Meanwhile, Murray Hill and Jon Hudson Odom will recur. Hiller previously starred for two seasons in Pop's Nightcap. Garrison has recurred on HBO's Veep. McCarthy has recurred on HBO's Boardwalk Empire and CBS' Elementary. Hagerty has recurred on Showtime's Shameless and NBC's Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Hill is a stand-up comedian. Odom has recurred on HBO's Lovecraft Country.
  • Hill will play Joel, whose vision-board dreams of faith, family and high-end kitchen appliances are ripped to pieces in a spiral of joy, shame, music and stress rashes, after he befriends his high school idol, Sam (Everett).
  • Garrison will play Tricia Miller, who is exhausted living up to hometown expectations and the example of Charity, co-owner of their store, Downtown Business of the Year runner-up Tender Moments. Still, Tricia always gets it done, even when it means she has to throw a few elbows to do so. With sister Sam now back in the family fold, old resentments resurface and elbows fly.
  • McCarthy will play Rick, Sam's quietly unremarkable brother-in-law, whose secret sends Sam and Joel's imaginations spinning as fast as the Kansas tornado that reveals the truth.
  • Hagerty will play Ed Miller, the family patriarch, a stoic Kansas farmer who believes if you just keep your head down and work hard... you reap what you sow. But that adage applies not only to the family farm, but to his volatile family as well. And burying problems only makes them grow.
  • Hill will play Fred Rococo, University soil scientist by day, Master of Ceremonies in a flashy suit by night, who's been through it all, done the work, and found his stable place of happiness in the land of sunflowers, Oz, whispers and sideways glances.
  • Odom will play Michael, Joel's boyfriend, who suddenly is playing second fiddle to Sam and third wheel on their dates. In football-crazed Kansas, it's the fourth down on their relationship.
  • William H. Macy, Laurie Metcalf, Elizabeth Marvel, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Kate Burton, Stephen Fry, Michel Gill, Michael Ironside, Bill Irwin and Josh Pais have joined the cast of the upcoming limited series starring Amanda Seyfried. Macy previously starred for eleven seasons in Showtime's Shameless. Metcalf currently stars in ABC's The Conners, which has been renewed for a fourth season. Marvel starred for two seasons in Netflix's House of Cards and two seasons in Showtime's Homeland. Ambudkar stars in CBS' upcoming comedy Ghosts. Burton received Emmy Award nominations for her recurring roles on ABC's Grey's Anatomy and ABC's Scandal. Fry recently appeared in the HBO Max limited series It's a Sin. Gill starred for two seasons in Netflix's House of Cards. Ironside has recurred on TNT's The Alienist and HBO Max's Harley Quinn. Irwin starred for three seasons in FX's Legion. Pais has recurred on Showtime's Ray Donovan and Paramount+'s Younger.
  • Macy will play Richard Fuisz, an ex-CIA agent and an inventor of biomedical devices. A friend of the Holmes family, he is initially upset when he learns that Elizabeth (Seyfried) has started a medical tech startup without consulting him, and his resentment and obsession will have serious ramifications for Elizabeth and Theranos.
  • Metcalf will play Phyllis Gardner, a scientist, doctor and successful entrepreneur. As a woman in a predominately male world, she has been through the ringer and has had to confront sexism her whole career. She will ultimately be among those responsible for bringing the truth about Elizabeth and Theranos to light.
  • Marvel will play Noel Holmes, Elizabeth's mother.
  • Ambudkar will play Rakesh Madhava, one of the first employees at Theranos.
  • Burton will play Rochelle Gibbons.
  • Fry will play Ian Gibbons, the brilliant head of chemistry at Theranos.
  • Gill will play Chris Holmes, Elizabeth's father and hero.
  • Ironside will play Don Lucas, one of the first venture capitalists to invest in Theranos.
  • Irwin will play Channing Robertson, head of Chemical Engineering at Standford and an early cheerleader of Elizabeth's.
  • Pais will play Wade Maquelon, the CFO of Walgreens. Skeptical about Theranos, he thinks startups are risky, but he doesn't want to be left in the dust if Elizabeth goes to a competitor.
  • Patrick Schwarzenegger will co-star on the upcoming limited series starring Colin Firth and Toni Collette. He previously starred in the National Geographic limited series The Long Road Home. He recently appeared in the Netflix film Moxie. He next stars in Amazon's upcoming drama The Terminal List starring Chris Pratt.
  • He will play Todd Peterson, Michael Peterson's (Firth) son.
  • Joe Morton is set as a series regular on the upcoming drama starring Yaya DaCosta and Morris Chestnut. He previously starred for three seasons in ABC's Scandal (where he won an Emmy Award in 2014) and two seasons in CBS' God Friended Me. He recently appeared in the HBO Max film Zack Snyder's Justice League.
  • He will play Teddy Franklin, Leah's (LeToya Luckett) father, who is smooth as butter, smart as a whip. He was born into money and grew his family's sanitation company into one of the largest holding companies in the world. He accomplished his present wealth and status by being more rapacious and manipulative than anyone else in the business. When Leah takes him to task for buying out Black properties for pennies on the dollar, he has no apologies to make, and reminds her where her current wealth and privilege came from. He has an arcane connection to Angela's (DaCosta) past that may soon come to light.
  • Jameela Jamil has landed a key role on the upcoming Marvel drama starring Tatiana Maslany. She previously starred for four seasons in NBC's The Good Place. She currently serves as the host of TBS' The Misery Index and a judge on HBO Max's Legendary.
  • She will play the villain Titania, a rival of She-Hulk (Maslany).