Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Casting News - Holly Hunter to Lead 'Star Trek: Starfleet Academy'; India de Beaufort Exits 'Night Court'; Plus 2 More Updates!

Casting News - May 21, 2024

Amazon's We Were Liars; Hulu's UnPrisoned; NBC's Night Court; and Paramount+'s Star Trek: Starfleet Academy.

  • Holly Hunter will headline the latest drama expanding the Star Trek universe from Alex Kurtzman. She has received four Academy Award nominations - winning in 1994 for her lead performance in The Piano. On television, she previously starred for three seasons in TNT's Saving Grace, in the first season of SundanceTV's Top of the Lake and for two seasons in NBC's Mr. Mayor. She also recurred on HBO's Succession.
  • She will play the captain and chancellor of Starfleet Academy.
  • Brandee Evans, Oliver Hudson and Jamie Chung have been cast in recurring roles on the comedy's upcoming second season. Evans currently stars in Starz's P-Valley, which has been renewed for a third season. Hudson previously starred for two seasons in ABC's Splitting Up Together and two seasons in FOX's The Cleaning Lady. Chung starred for two seasons in FOX's The Gifted and in HBO's one-season drama Lovecraft Country.
  • Evans will play Ava, Mal's (Marque Richardson) new girlfriend. She just finished law school and is smart, and confident, but often underestimated.
  • Hudson will play Johnny, Finn's (Faly Rakotohavana) biological father. He's a musician who is funny, pretty chill and lives in Los Angeles with his wife. Although he hasn't been a traditional father, he cares about Finn.
  • Chung will play Kiki, Paige's (Kerry Washington) best friend from college. Twenty years later, Kiki is married, polyamorous and still the life of the party.
  • Arsher Ali will co-star on the upcoming drama starring Mamie Gummer, Caitlin FitzGerald and Candice King. He currently stars in Sky's Funny Woman, which has been renewed for a second season. He also currently recurs on Channel 4's Everyone Else Burns, which has also been renewed for a second season.
  • He will play Ed, who is magnetic, wryly funny and patient to a fault. He owns an art gallery in Brooklyn but spends every summer with his long-term partner Carrie (Gummer) at her family's sprawling summer compound. For nearly a decade, Ed has done his best to impress Carrie's father (David Morse), enduring not-so-subtle condescensions, but this year, it becomes increasingly difficult for him to hold his tongue.
  • India de Beaufort will not be returning as a series regular for the comedy's upcoming third season. She was an original series regular on the revival of the classic sitcom. She becomes the second series regular to depart the comedy - joining Kapil Talwalkar, who left after the first season and was replaced in the cast by Nyambi Nyambi.
  • She played Olivia Moore, the tightly wound Assistant District Attorney assigned to work in Abby's (Melissa Rauch) court.