Some quickie TV and film casting news…
First TV… Ernie Hudson and Megalyn Echikunwoke have joined the cast of NBC's upcoming futuristic drama Beautiful People.
The show is set in the near future in a society where humans co-exist with mechanical androids that look like people but are treated like second-class citizens – essentially the period before the machines rise and take over the world, creating a matrix :)
Specifically, It centers on the very wealthy Lydia (Frances Conroy), whose late husband founded the firm that makes Mechanicals.
Hudson will play the owner of a law firm. Echikunwoke will play the boss of Lydia’s son, an attorney. Not sure if they all work for the same law firm that Hudson's character owns. But that's all I got for now.
And in film… Edwin Hodge has booked a lead role opposite Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey in a Universal studios sci-fi thriller titled Vigilandia, which Michael Bay is producing (but not directing).
Plot details are being kept underwraps so I have no idea what this is about. But with a title like Vigilandia, we could maybe guess that it has something to do with vigilantism??? Or would that be tooo literal?
Shooting begins next week in Los Angeles.
James DeMonaco, primarily a screenwriter, is directing from his own script.