Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Casting News - Matt Dillon, Rupert Friend and Weruche Opia Join AppleTV+'s 'High Desert'; Plus 4 More Updates!

Casting News - November 2, 2021

ABC's The Wonder Years; AppleTV+'s High Desert; FOX's Monarch; HBO Max's Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin; and Starz's Power Book III: Raising Kanan.

  • Richard Gant and Spence Moore II have landed recurring roles on the comedy's first season. Gant previously starred for two seasons in TNT's Men of a Certain Age and two seasons in Netflix's Mr. Iglesias. Moore currently recurs on Peacock's A.P. Bio and The CW's All American.
  • Gant will play Grandaddy Clisby, Bill's (DulĂ© Hill) father and Dean's (Elisha "EJ" Williams) grandfather, a man stuck in his ways and determined to maintain his independence.
  • Moore will play Bruce, Dean's nurturing older brother, the eldest Williams child and a star athlete who was drafted in the Vietnam War.
  • Tracy Perez has booked a recurring role on the drama's upcoming second season. She previously starred in the first season of Hulu's East Los High and recurred on TNT's Animal Kingdom.
  • She will play Detective Adina Foyle, Detective Burke's (Shanley Caswell) ex-girlfriend who is making a comeback as her new girlfriend.
  • Matt Dillon, Rupert Friend, Weruche Opia, Brad Garrett, Bernadette Peters and Christine Taylor have joined the cast of the upcoming comedy starring Patricia Arquette. Dillon previously starred in the first season of FOX's Wayward Pines. Friend starred for four seasons in Showtime's Homeland and two seasons in CBS All Access' Strange Angel. Opia starred in the HBO limited series I May Destroy You. Garrett is a three-time Emmy Award winner for his supporting role on CBS' Everybody Loves Raymond. Peters is a two-time Tony Award winner for the musicals Song and Dance and Annie Get Your Gun. Taylor has recurred on FOX/Netflix's Arrested Development and HBO Max's Search Party.
  • Dillon will play Denny, Peggy's (Arquette) ex, an undeniably charming parolee and a relentless operator.
  • Friend will play Guru Bob, a local ex-anchorman. After a trauma, he rebrands himself as a mystic desert personality.
  • Opia will play Carol, Peggy's closest friend, the bored fiancĂ© of an ER doctor, and a permissive new stepmother - who has a secret of her own.
  • Garrett will play Bruce, a private investigator whose business is circling the drain, and who becomes Peggy's reluctant employer.
  • Peters will recur as Rosalyn, Peggy's complicated mother.
  • Taylor will recur as Dianne, Peggy's buttoned-up sister, who tries to make order of Peggy's chaos.
  • Cristala Carter, Derek Klena, Kate Jennings Grant, Robert Stanton, Jennifer Ferrin, Lilla Crawford, Brian Altemus, Anthony Ordonez and Jeffrey Bean have been cast in recurring roles on the upcoming drama starring Chandler Kinney and Bailee Madison. Carter previously recurred on Peacock's Dr. Death.  Klena was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in the musical Jagged Little Pill. Grant starred in ABC's one-season drama Notorious. Stanton starred in the first season of Audience Network's Mr. Mercedes. Ferrin has recurred on NBC's The Blacklist and CBS' The Equalizer. Crawford guest starred on CBS' Bull. Altemus starred in Netflix's one-season drama Grand Army. Ordonez guest starred on NBC's Shades of Blue and NBC's Manifest. Bean guest starred on Paramount+'s The Good Fight and Showtime's Billions.
  • Carter will play Nurse Simmons, the school nurse at Millwood High. She is a confidante and safe place to land for our Little Liars.
  • Klena will play Wes, Tabby's (Kinney) boss at The Orpheum, Millwood's second-run local movie theater. A devilishly handsome film school graduate, Wes and Tabby have bonded over their mutual love of film, but his intentions are anything but pure.
  • Grant will play Madame Giry, the dance teacher at Millwood High. A ballerina herself, she is exceedingly strict with her students, specifically Faran (Zaria).
  • Stanton will play Marshall Clanton, Millwood High's complete stress case of a principal. And nothing makes him more uncomfortable than our Little Liars.
  • Ferrin will play Martha Beasley, the matriarch of the Beasley family. Privately browbeaten by her husband, she does whatever she can to keep up appearances.
  • Crawford will play Sandy, Karen's (Mallory Bechtel) most ardent admirer. A cringey tagalong, she often boosts Karen's ego in an effort to stay out of her best friend's crosshairs.
  • Altemus will play Tyler, a Millwood High jock. No stranger to "locker room talk," he is the poster child for young, toxic masculinity.
  • Ordonez will play Mr. Gardner, the computer science teacher at Millwood High. Known as Mr. Gee, he is a mentor and friend to Minnie (Malia Pyles).
  • Bean will play Mr. Smithee, Tabby's film teacher at Millwood High. Rigid and stern, he doesn't take kindly to challenges from his students.
  • Callum Kerr and Kevin Cahoon are set for recurring roles on the upcoming drama starring Susan Sarandon, Anna Friel and Trace Adkins. Kerr starred for one year in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks. Cahoon previously recurred on Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events and Netflix's GLOW.
  • Kerr will play Wade Stellings, a rapidly up-and-coming country singer and son of a pastor who is a big fan of Nicky Roman (Friel). Luke (Joshua Sasse) is pursuing the singer to sign him to the Monarch label.
  • Cahoon will play Earl Clark, Dottie's (Sarandon) ageless hairdresser/makeup wizard/confidante and has been for decades. Always ready with a cocktail and a quip, he would take a bullet for Dottie.