TV Casting: Kebbel, Carlyle, Messina, Eve, Prinze
Arielle Kebbel (“Midnight, Texas”) has been cast opposite Russell Hornsby in NBC’s pilot “Lincoln,” an adaptation of Jeffery Deaver’s “The Bone Collector” novel series. Kebbel takes on the role Angelina Jolie played in the 1999 film adaptation.
Hornsby plays Lincoln Rhyme, a legendary forensic criminologist who was seriously injured during his hunt for the diabolic serial killer known as The Bone Collector. He forms a unique partnership with Amelia Sachs, a young beat cop, who helps him hunt the deadly mastermind while also taking on the most high-profile cases in the NYPD. [Source: TV Line]
Robert Carlyle will play the British PM in Sky One’s six-part series “COBRA” which will co-star Victoria Hamilton (“The Crown”) as his chief of staff along with Richard Dormer, David Haig and Lucy Cohu. Together they deal with an unfolding national emergency that threatens the entire country and its people – leading to the formation of the COBRA committee – a team of leading crisis contingency planners, experts and politicians. Ben Richards penned and will produce. [Source: Digital Spy]
Chris Messina (“Devil”) and RJ Cyler (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”) are set to star in the YouTube series “Dark Cargo” which is penned by Adam and Max Reid and directed by Lodge Kerrigan. Ben Stiller and Nicky Weinstein will executive produce.
The high-octane, cliffhanger-driven, neo-noir thriller is set in the big rig cab of Joe Dobbs (Messina) as he traverses the darkest nights of his life. What begins as a random encounter with a disturbed stranger turns into a race against time, the police, and even more malevolent forces. [Source: Variety]
Alice Eve, Tamsin Greig, Philip Glenister and Harriet Walter are set to star in “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes’s British period drama series “Belgravia” for ITV and Epix. Glenister and Greig will play a married couple and he’s a successful merchant. Eve will play their daughter while Walter will play the Countess of Brockenhurst.
Set in 1840s London, the story deals with the upper echelons of society beginning to rub shoulders with the emerging industrial nouveau riche. A party for the Duke of Wellington before the battle of Waterloo in 1815 starts the series which then jumps to twenty-five years later when the events of the ball are still having an impact on the family. [Source: Deadline]
Freddie Prinze Jr. has joined the pilot for The CW’s “Nancy Drew” series. Prinze will play Nancy’s father, Carson Drew, who is described as a dynamic attorney who has become estranged from Nancy following the recent death of his beloved wife. His attempts to reconnect with his daughter run aground when Nancy’s murder investigation reveals unsettling secrets from Carson’s own past. Larry Teng is on board to direct and executive produce the pilot. [Source: Variety]
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