Friday, March 24, 2023

Casting News - Noma Dumezweni and Sarunas J. Jackson Book Recurring Roles on 'Presumed Innocent'; Plus 3 More Updates!

Casting News - March 24, 2023

ABC's The Company You Keep; AppleTV+'s Presumed Innocent; Freeform's Good Trouble; and Freevee's Clean Slate.

  • Noma Dumezweni, Gabby Beans and Sarunas J. Jackson have booked recurring roles on the upcoming limited series starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Negga. Dumezweni previously starred for two seasons in HBO Max's Made for Love, in the HBO limited series The Undoing and in the first season of Netflix's The Watcher. Beans was nominated for a Tony Award in 2022 for her performance in the play The Skin of Our Teeth. Jackson starred for two seasons in BET's Games People Play.
  • Dumezweni will play Judge Lyttle, a formidable legal mind who's been on the bench for decades. And now, she's overseeing one of the most highly publicized trials in Chicago's recent history. She knows the players and must call a fair game in what will prove to be the trial of her career.
  • Beans will play Mya, a young and gifted lawyer and recent Yale Law graduate.
  • Jackson will play Clifton, an alluring and magnetic artist/bartender who distracts Barbara (Negga) during one of the most difficult times of her life - her husband's murder trial.
  • Miguel Pinzon and David Terry will appear in recurring roles on the drama's fifth season. Pinzon previously recurred on YouTube's Sideswiped and Hulu's Woke. Terry guest starred on Netflix's Lucifer and FOX's 9-1-1: Lone Star.
  • Pinzon will play Ethan, a former friend of Davia's (Emma Hunton) from her days in New York who is in Los Angeles workshopping a musical he wrote.
  • Terry will play Brayden, an actor and one of the musical's three stars.
  • D.K. Uzoukwu, Telma Hopkins, Jay Wilkison and Norah Murphy will co-star on the upcoming comedy starring Laverne Cox and George Wallace. Uzoukwu previously guest starred on HBO's Insecure, ABC's Fresh Off the Boat and NBC's The Brave. Hopkins starred for four seasons in ABC's Family Matters, four seasons in UPN's Half & Half and three seasons in TBS' Are We There Yet?. Wilkison recurred on ABC's Nashville and TV Land's Younger. Murphy recurred on Peacock's A Friend of the Family.
  • Uzoukwu will play Louis, a closeted gay choir director at the local church who the older female congregants insist on trying to fix up. He's a close childhood friend of Desiree (Cox), and the only person who gives her a genuinely heartfelt welcome home.
  • Hopkins will play Ella, Louis' mother, a no-nonsense jack-of-all-trades who has known Harry (Wallace) for much longer than either of them would like to admit. She lives with Louis and is fully aware her son is gay, but they haven't talked about it.
  • Wilkison will play Mack, ruggedly handsome and from the wrong side of the tracks who has spent some time in prison. He is Harry's confidant at the car wash and the single father of Opal, an 11-year-old that keeps him on his toes.
  • Murphy will play Opal, the confident and industrious tween who works alongside her father at the car wash when she's not plotting to become the next billionaire. She bonds with Desiree over her dreams of one day getting out of Mobile.
  • Tony Shalhoub is set for a recurring role on the drama's first season. He previously starred for eight seasons in USA's Monk, winning three Emmy Awards for his lead performance. He currently stars in Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which returns for its fifth and final season next month and resulted in another Emmy win in 2019.
  • He will play Frankie Musso, who was once engaged to Charlie's (Milo Ventimiglia) mother, Fran (Polly Draper), before she met and fell in love with her husband and Charlie's father, Leo (William Fichtner). Even all those years later, Frankie still longs for Fran, and the two have a dynamic that continues to ruffle Leo's feathers.