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Casting News Round-up: Michael Kenneth Williams, Gloria Reuben, Karen Pittman, Nathalie Emmanuel

Casting News Round-up: Michael Kenneth Williams, Gloria Reuben, Karen Pittman, Nathalie Emmanuel

Some casting news you can use…

First, Michael Kenneth Williams has joined the cast of HBO’s 8-hour miniseries “Crime” which centers on an ambulance-chasing NYC lawyer (played by John Turturro, replacing the late James Gandolfini), who gets in over his head when he takes on the case of Pakistani Nasir Khan (played Riz Ahmed), accused of murdering a girl on the Upper West Side. Williams will play the head of a gang locked up in Rikers Island, from where he controls his empire.

Second, Gloria Reuben has booked a recurring role in USA Network’s cyber-crime pilot “Mr Robot,” which centers on a young programmer, played by Rami Malek, who suffers from a crippling anti-social disorder, and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. Reuben will play his psychologist, who is trying her best to break through to him.

Third, Karen Pittman has booked a recurring role on the third season of FX’s “The Americans.” She will play a struggling mother and recovering alcoholic who works on the assembly line of a highly classified Defense Department project. Covert KGB spy Elizabeth Jennings (co-star Keri Russell) wants information on Lisa’s classified project.

Fourth, Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei, servant of Daenerys Targaryen in “Game of Thrones”) has joined the cast of the sequel to “The Maze Runner,” titled  “The Scorch Trials.” She joins a previously cast Giancarlo Esposito to the cast, and will play the leader of a group of girls who’ve escaped from another maze. The character will also feature in the third installment of the franchise.

And finally, Kelly McCreary has been promoted to series regular on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” after recurring since the season 10 finale as Dr. Maggie Pierce, Meredith’s half-sister and the love child of Ellis and Richard (James Pickens Jr.). Oh the soap opera drama. “I really love playing Maggie, I think she’s so much fun. I’ve been given some really great material and I’m really enjoying exploring her relationships,” McCreary told THR this week. “There’s a lot to play out. I would like to see her stay as long as it takes for all of those relationships to run their course; whether it’s another couple episodes or seasons, it’s in the hands of the writers and I trust them completely.” ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ is one of 3 Shonda Rhimes creations that dominated Thursday night TV.

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