Thursday, July 29, 2021

Casting News - Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall Leaving 'Doctor Who'; Matt Bomer to Star in 'Echoes'; Plus 3 More Updates!

Casting News - July 29, 2021

ABC's The Wonder Years; BBC's Doctor Who; HBO Max's And Just Like That; Netflix's Echoes; and Paramount+'s The Game.

  • Series star Jodie Whittaker and showrunner Chris Chibnall are leaving the veteran drama after its upcoming thirteenth season - which will produce six episodes debuting later this year as well as three feature-length specials airing in 2022. Both Whittaker and Chibnall joined the drama in 2017 at the start of its eleventh season. Whittaker became the first woman to play the Time Lord, while Chibnall succeeded Steven Moffat at the helm of the show's creative team.
  • Whittaker said, "My heart is so full of love for this show, for the team who make it, for the fans who watch it and for what is has brought to my life. I cannot thank Chris enough for entrusting me with his incredible stories. We knew hat we wanted to ride this wave side by side, and pass on the baton together. So here we are, weeks away from wrapping on the best job I have ever had."
  • Chibnall added, "Jodie and I made a 'three series and out' pact with each other at the start of this once-in-a-lifetime blast. So now our shift is done, and we're handing back the Tardis keys. Jodie's magnificent, iconic Doctor has exceeded all our high expectations."
  • Brittany Daniel and Pooch Hall are set to reprise their roles on the upcoming revival of the hit comedy series. Meanwhile, Adriyan Rae, Vaughn Hebron and Analisa Velez are set as new cast members. Daniel starred for four seasons in the original series run, while Hall starred for five seasons. Rae recently starred for one season in NBC's Chicago Fire. Hebron currently stars in BET's The Oval, which is now airing its second season. Velez previously recurred on Amazon's Sneaky Pete.
  • Daniel plays Kelly Pitts, the wife of Jason Pitts, mother of Brittany Pitts and President of the Sunbeams.
  • Hall plays Derwin Davis, the husband of Melanie Barnett and a wide receiver for the San Diego Sabers.
  • Rae will play Brittany Pitts, the daughter of Jason and Kelly Pitts.
  • Hebron will play Jamison Fields, an undrafted free agent.
  • Velez will play Raquel Navarro, Brittany's best friend.
  • Matt Bomer will play the male lead in the upcoming limited series starring Michelle Monaghan. He currently stars in HBO Max's Doom Patrol, which returns for its third season later this year. He previously starred for six seasons in USA's White Collar and in the third season of USA's The Sinner.
  • He will play Jack Beck, Leni's (Monaghan) husband. He is the boy-next-door who grew up to be the husband everybody wishes they had: soulful, a loving father and a valuable member of the community who runs a successful veterinary practice and horse farm on the land that has been in his family for generations. When his wife disappears mysteriously, it's Jack who has the most to lose as her secret life comes to the surface.
  • Allen Maldonado has landed a recurring role on the upcoming comedy starring DulĂ© Hill and Saycon Sengbloh. He previously starred for two seasons in TBS' The Last O.G. He next stars in Starz's upcoming drama Heels, which debuts on August 15.
  • He will play Coach Long, an affable guy who takes his job coaching a pre-teen baseball team very seriously. His son Tony (Amari O'Neil) is part of the team, as is Dean Williams (Elisha "EJ" Williams). Both Tony and Dean ask their coach if they can scrimmage against an all-white team across team, Long is not interested - that is until Dean's mom Lillian (Sengbloh) convinces him that it's a good idea.
  • Brenda Vaccaro and Ivan Hernandez have joined the cast of the upcoming Sex and the City sequel series. Vaccaro has been nominated for one Academy Award, four Emmy Awards (winning one) and three Tony Awards. Hernandez stars in the musical Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway.
  • Vaccaro will play Gloria Marquette, Mr. Big's (Chris Noth) loyal, long-time secretary.
  • Hernandez will play Franklyn, a sound engineer working with Che Diaz (Sara Ramirez) on their show.