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The Casting Corner: Week Of August 21, 2017

Welcome to The Casting Corner! TV news, particularly casting, comes at us very fast. Actors leave shows, join new pilots, take recurring roles in between seasons of their series regular gig. There’s just a lot to keep up with, which is where we come in. Here is the casting news we are highlighting this week:

“Battlestar Galactica” alum Katee Sackhoff has landed a recurring role on “The Flash.” The actress will play DC Comics character Amunet Black. Known as Blacksmith, the villain runs an underground black market for supervillains. The badass will use everything at her disposal, including metahumans, to make sure her business runs smoothly. She will make her first appearance in the fifth episode “Girls Night Out,” which will also include an appearance by “Arrow” star Emily Bett Rickards. (EW)

Coming off a stint on “The Defenders,” Ramon Rodriguez is set to recur on Showtime drama “The Affair.” The actor will play Marine veteran Ben in a major arc. Now working at the Veterans Health Administration, Ben will cross paths with Alison (Ruth Wilson), who has began a new career as a grief counselor. Odds are the two will get to know one another very well. (TVLine)

Common is the Black Samurai. Starz has ordered a reboot based on Marc Olden’s “Black Samurai” book series and Common is attached to star. The series centers on highly trained Army Ranger Robert Sand who is invited to train as a samurai by a legendary master. When his teacher and his fellow samurais are killed, Sand is thrown into a dangerous world of revenge. The potential series will be updated from the 1977 blaxploitation film through use of a combination of spy and martial arts genres to create a modern-day international action series. Common will executive producer with RZA and Jerry Bruckheimer. (THR)

“Superior Donuts” has added Diane Guerrero to its cast in a series regular role. The “Orange is the New Black” star will play food truck owner Sofia who parks her truck, which serves healthy food, in front of Arthur’s (Judd Hirsch) donut shop. Although Arthur thinks Sofia is entitled, she turns out to be a hard-working millennial who has used all of her money into her business and hopes to turn it into an empire. She also catches the eye of Jermaine Fowler’s Franco. (TVGuide)

Anna Diop has been cast in one of the lead roles of the upcoming “Titans” series. The series centers on a group of young aspiring superheroes from across the DC Universe led by Dick Grayson. Diop has landed the role of alien princess Koriand’r, known as Starfire, who comes to Earth seeking asylum. Starfire, who can fly and shoot energy bolts, is searching for her place on the planet when she meets the Titans. Diop, who recently appeared on “24: Legacy,” joins newcomer Teagan Croft, who has been cast as Raven. (Deadline)

“Banshee” star Ivana Milicevic will make an appearance on the upcoming fifth season of “The 100.” In the season 4 finale, a prison ship returned to the planet after spending 100 years in space and Milicevic’s Charmaine Diyoza is one of the people on the ship. She is a prisoner and ruthless military strategist who will clash with the characters of “The 100.” Furthermore her character, according to reports, will “leave an indelible legacy on our new world,” so she’ll be one to watch when the show returns in 2018. (EW)

For it’s own comedy, Pop is taking a trip to the ‘80s. The series, “Let’s Get Physical,” star AnnaLynne McCord alongside Matt Jones and Chris Diamantopoulos. The comedy centers on Joe (Jones), a slacker, who reluctantly returns the world of fitness after his fitness legend father dies. Diamantopoulos will play Joe’s rival Barry, who Joe must face if she wants to be a success. McCord has landed the role of tech-savvy businesswoman Claudia, who was Joe’s girlfriend and is currently Barry’s wife. (THR)

Orlando Bloom is making his first major move into television with a lead in Amazon’s drama “Carnival Row.” The fantasy series is set in a neo-Victorian city where tensions are rising between the citizens and the mythical creatures who have immigrated to the city. Bloom stars as Police Inspector Rycroft Philostrate who is investigating the murder of a faerie showgirl in the midst of a string of unsolved murders destroying what exists of the peace in the city. His search for the killer of the faerie woman will not make Philostrate any fans and, in fact, will cost him a lot. Bloom will also produce the eight-episode series. (Deadline)

Do you find any of this week’s casting news exciting? Let us know!

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