Monday, November 7, 2022

Casting News - Dafne Keen, Charlie Barnett and Carrie-Anne Moss Board Disney+'s 'The Acolyte'; Plus 6 More Updates!

Casting News - November 7, 2022

ABC's The Wonder Years; AMC's The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon; Disney+'s The Acolyte, Agatha: Coven of Chaos & Percy Jackson and the Olympians; FX's Fargo; and HBO Max's How to Be a Bookie.

  • Dafne Keen, Rebecca Henderson, Charlie Barnett, Dean-Charles Chapman and Carrie-Anne Moss have been cast on the upcoming drama starring Amandla Stenberg, Jodie Turner-Smith, Manny Jacinto and Lee Jung-jae. Keen currently stars in HBO's His Dark Materials, which returns for its third and final season in December. Henderson stars in Freeform's Single Drunk Female, which has been renewed for a second season. Barnett starred for three seasons in NBC's Chicago Fire and two seasons in Netflix's Russian Doll. Chapman starred for two seasons in HBO's Game of Thrones. Moss starred for three seasons in Netflix's Jessica Jones and in The Matrix film franchise.
  • No details were immediately announced about the characters they will be playing.
  • Omar J. Dorsey, Andrea Anders, Vanessa Ferlito and Jorge Garcia will co-star on the upcoming comedy starring Sebastian Maniscalco. Dorsey currently stars in OWN's Queen Sugar, which is now airing its seventh and final season. Anders recurred on Freeform's Cruel Summer and AppleTV+'s Ted Lasso. Ferlito starred for three seasons in USA's Graceland and five seasons in CBS' NCIS: New Orleans. Garcia starred for six seasons in ABC's Lost and six seasons in CBS' Hawaii Five-0.
  • Dorsey will play Ray, Danny's (Maniscalco) partner in their LA-based bookie business. He is as imposing as he is complicated. His promising NFL career was ended by injury, leaving him and his grandmother who raised him scrambling to make ends meet.
  • Anders will play Sandra, Danny's at-times demanding wife, a beautiful, former Vegas cocktail waitress with a 10-year-old son. Life has not been easy for her, and Danny has proven to be a precarious ticket out.
  • Ferlito will play Lorraine, Danny's sister and office manager of the bookie operation. Crazy smart and a stone-cold criminal, she doesn't limit her criminal activities to just making book.
  • Garcia will play Hector, a weed dealer whose business cratered when pot became legal. He is a cautionary tale for Danny and Ray as they watch sports betting go legit, state by state. Now reduced to driving for Lyft and none too pleased about it, Hector makes himself an invaluable, if occasionally volatile asset to the operation.
  • Clémence Poésy and Adam Nagaitis are set as series regulars on the upcoming Walking Dead spinoff starring Norman Reedus. Poésy previously starred in the National Geographic limited series Genius: Picasso and in the AppleTV+ limited series The Essex Serpent. Nagaitis starred in the first season of AMC's The Terror and in the HBO limited series Chernobyl.
  • Poésy will play Isabelle, a member of a progressive religious group, who joins forces with Daryl (Reedus) on a journey across France and finds herself confronting her dark past in Paris.
  • Nagaitis will play Quinn, a displaced Brit who has become powerful in post-apocalyptic Paris as a black marketeer and the owner of the Demimonde, a sexy underground nightclub.
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda has landed a recurring role on the upcoming drama starring Walter Scobell, Aryan Simhadri and Leah Sava Jeffries. He currently stars in HBO's His Dark Materials, which returns for its third and final season in December. He is also a Tony and Grammy Award winner for the Broadway musicals In the Heights and Hamilton.
  • He will play Hermes, the messenger god who looks out for travelers and thieves, and is a bit of a trickster himself. He is charismatic and boisterous, the life of the party. Unfortunately, his charm does not do much to heal his strained relationship with his son, Luke (Charlie Bushnell). He's hesitant to help Percy (Scobell) and his friends on their quest as sometimes getting involved is more trouble than it's worth.
  • Wayne Brady, Tituss Burgess, Donald Faison, Phoebe Robinson and Bradley Whitford will guest star in the comedy's upcoming second season. Brady currently hosts CBS' Let's Make a Deal, winning two Daytime Emmy Awards for the series. Burgess starred for four seasons in Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Faison starred for nine seasons in NBC's Scrubs and four seasons in TV Land's The Exes. Robinson created and stars in Freeform's Everything's Trash. Whitford is a three-time Emmy Award winner for NBC's The West Wing, Amazon's Transparent and Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale.
  • Brady will play Melvin, Bill's (Dulé Hill) older brother, a blowhard who is super-successful and insufferably smug about it, including being favored by their father.
  • Burgess will play Lonnie, a drag performer with Southern roots who befriends Bill and Dean (Elisha "EJ" Williams) when they're in New York.
  • Faison will play Terrence, Cliff's (Allen Maldonado) gregarious frat brother and real estate agent. Since the housing act passed, he is pushing hard for Cliff to be among the first Black families to buy a house in Eastdale, an all-white neighborhood. Robinson will play Jackie, Lillian's (Saycon Sengbloh) younger sister and Kim (Laura Kariuki) and Dean's favorite aunt. A mischief maker and rule breaker who's usually a magnet for trouble.
  • Whitford will play Alan, Dean's music teacher, who surprises Bill with his knowledge of the jazz music scene.
  • Sasheer Zamata has been added to the cast of the upcoming WandaVision spinoff starring Kathryn Hahn. She currently stars in ABC's Home Economics, which is now airing its third season.
  • No details were immediately announced about the character she will be playing.
  • Dave Foley has joined the cast of the anthology drama's upcoming fifth season. He currently stars in the sketch comedy The Kids in the Hall, which was revived for a sixth season earlier this year on Amazon.
  • He will play Danish Graves, who serves as in-house counsel and prime advisor to self-made billionaire and business leader Lorraine Lyon (Jennifer Jason Leigh).