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The Casting Corner: Week of August 28, 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:

“Titans” has found its Dick Grayson. Brenton Thwaites has landed the leading role on the upcoming DC Comics adaptation. The series centers on a group of young heroes from across the DC Universe led by Grayson. He joins Tegan Croft and Anna Diop on the comic book series. (TVLine)

Freeform’s upcoming “black-ish” spinoff “grown-ish” has added several more cast members. The series centers on Yara Shahidi’s Zoey Johnson as she embarks on a new journey at Southern California University. Francia Raisa has been cast as outspoken conservative freshmen Ana, who is also enrolled at Southern California University. Jordan Buhat has also joined the series as first generation Indian-American Vivek, who is not very self-aware. Musicians Chloe x Halle have booked recurring roles as twin sisters Sky and Jazz who are both on the track team. They join Shahidi, Email Arlook, Deon Cole, Trevor Jackson and Chris Parnell. (TVLine)

Kirby Howell-Baptiste has joined BBC America series “Killing Eve” in a series regular role. The series, based on Luke Jennings’ Villanelle novellas, centers on smart security services operative Eve, played by Sandra Oh, who is unhappy about being tied to her desk and dreams of being a spy. Howell-Baptiste will pay Eve’s assistant Elena. “Fleabag” star Phoebe Waller-Bridge will write the eight-episode series. (Deadline)

Mark Duplass has joined the Billy Bob Thornton-starring drama “Goliath.” The Amazon series centers on a disgraced lawyer, played by Thornton, who gets a case that would repair his reputation while also getting revenge against his old firm. Duplass has landed the series regular role of Los Angeles developer Tom Wyatt who plans to give his city a very distinct skyline. He also happens to be a contributor to the mayoral campaign of Marisol Silva (Ana De La Reguera). Duplass’ recent actor roles include HBO series “Togetherness,” “Manhunt: Unabomber” and “The Mindy Project.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

Cara Delevingne is making her move to television opposite Orlando Bloom in Amazon’s upcoming series “Carnival Row.” The drama is set in a world where mythical creatures have fled their homes and live among the citizens in a city full high tensions and a growing population. Delevingne will pay faerish refugee Vignette Stonemoss, who has fled her homeland for a better life, but instead finds prejudice and problems from her old home. The series, which is beginning filming this fall, is set for a 2019 release. (The Hollywood Reporter)

“Gotham” is added another DC Comics character to the mix in Season 4. “Fringe” vet Michael Cerveris has been added to the Fox drama as Professor Pyg in a multi-episode arc. Pyg, real name Lazlo Valentin, is a schizophrenic who goes after people and puts doll-like masks on them while he wears a pig mask in the comics. (TVLine)

Apparently “Legends of Tomorrow” is giving Damien Darhk some family. Courtney Ford has landed the recurring role of Eleanor, the daughter of Damien Darhk. The cunning and charming Eleanor is armed with the ability to manipulate others. Since she was seen as a young girl, known as Nora, during the fourth season of “Arrow,” it appears the Legends will meet Eleanor in the future. Ray Palmer will feel drawn to Eleanor, which is interesting since actress Ford is married to Brandon Routh, who plays Ray. (EW)

Terry O’Quinn and J.J. Abrams are back together! O’Quinn has joined Hulu series “Castle Rock.” Set in the Maine woodland, “Castle Rock” blems the mythological with character storytelling to tell an epic tale. The veteran actor plays pillar of the community Dale Lacy. The project brings O’Quinn and Abrams back together after working on ABC’s “Lost.” The cast of “Castle Rock” also includes Scott Glenn, André Holland, Jane Levy, Melanie Lynskey, Bill Skarsgard and Sissy Spacek. (TVLine)

Mindy Kaling is reteaming with her “A Wrinkle In Time” Reese Witherspoon for the final season of “The Mindy Project.” Witherspoon will guest star on an episode of the Hulu’s comedy during its final run of episodes. Kaling announced the casting in an Instagram post where she appears in a cave with Witherspoon.  (Variety)

What casting news are you the most excited about? Let us know in the comments!

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