Monday, June 7, 2021

Casting News - Antonia Thomas Leaving ABC's 'The Good Doctor' After 4 Seasons; Plus 4 More Updates!

Casting News - June 7, 2021

ABC's The Good Doctor; HBO's The Baby; HBO Max's The Staircase; Hulu's Wu-Tang: An American Saga; and Paramount+'s The Offer.

  • Ahead of tonight's season finale, Antonia Thomas has announced that she will be leaving the drama after four seasons. She has been a series regular on the medical drama since its pilot - essentially serving as its female lead.
  • She plays Dr. Claire Browne, a fellow resident at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital. She has been a close friend and confidant to Shaun (Freddie Highmore), helping him with advice on everything from medical predicaments to romantic conundrums.
  • Furthermore, the medical drama has promoted Osvaldo Benavides to series regular for its upcoming fifth season. He has appeared as a guest star in the two-part season finale event - marking the first major English-language role for the Mexican actor.
  • He plays Dr. Mateo Rendón Osma, an incredibly skilled trauma surgeon, who has spent many years working in Guatemala for a Doctors Without Borders type of organization. But he hasn't always been a hero; some rash actions during his residency will be back to haunt him and could complicate things. He also serves as a new love interest for Dr. Audrey Lim (Christina Chang).
  • Michelle De Swarte, Amira Ghazalla and Amber Grappy will star in the upcoming comedy created by Siân Robins-Grace and Lucy Gaymer. De Swarte previously starred in Netflix's one-season comedy The Duchess. Ghazalla has recurred on FX's Tyrant, Sky Atlantic's Riviera and Amazon's Carnival Row. Grappy is a newcomer currently training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
  • De Swarte will play Natasha, the 38-year-old friend who's never made long-term plans. So when she is unexpectedly landed with a baby, her life of doing what she wants, when she wants, dramatically implodes. Controlling, manipulative and with violent powers, the baby twists Natasha's life into a horror show. And as she discovers the true extent of its deadly nature, Natasha makes increasingly desperate attempts to get rid of the baby. But while she doesn't want a baby, the baby wants her.
  • Ghazalla will play Mrs. Eaves, the 73-year-old enigma who has spent the last 50 years living out of her car. She seems to be everywhere the Baby is. But who is she, and what does she want with Natasha's new arrival?
  • Grappy will play Bobbi, Natasha's younger sister, a children's magician and a ball of joy. She is everybody's favorite. There is nothing Bobbi wants more than to be a parent, to give love and to receive it. She couldn't be more different to Natasha is she tried. So when Bobbi sees her sister with the thing she wants most in the world - a baby - she is blinded by jealousy and unable to see the danger they are all in.
  • Odessa Young has joined the cast of the upcoming limited series starring Colin Firth and Toni Collette. She recently starred in the CBS All Access limited series The Stand. She also starred in the 2020 feature film Shirley.
  • She will play Martha Ratliff, one of Michael Peterson's (Firth) adopted daughters.
  • Curtiss Cook Jr. and Gbenga Akinnagbe have landed recurring roles on the drama's upcoming second season. Cook Jr. has previously guest starred on NBC's Manifest, Netflix's Orange Is the New Black, CBS All Access' The Stand and HBO Max's That Damn Michael Che. Akinnagbe previously starred for two seasons in HBO's The Deuce. He will next appear in the second season of Amazon's Modern Love and in the upcoming FX on Hulu drama The Old Man.
  • Cook Jr. will play Ronald Maurice Bean aka Mathematic, a hip hop producer and DJ for the Wu-Tang Clan, as well as the artist behind the famous Wu-Tang logo.
  • Akinnagbe will play John "Mook" Gibbons, the first head manager of the Wu-Tang Clan. Retired from the streets, he now works as a bus driver to take care of his family. A wise, practical and dependable man who can think and act under pressure, his former life has left him with a skill set that makes him an unusual but potent problem solver.
  • Matthew Goode will co-star on the upcoming limited series starring Miles Teller. He previously starred for two seasons in CBS' The Good Wife, in the sixth season of PBS' Downton Abbey and in the second season of Netflix's The Crown. He currently stars in the Sky drama A Discovery of Witches, which has been renewed for a third season.
  • He will play Robert Evans, the legendary studio executive who produced the 1972 feature film The Godfather.