Some TV casting news you can use…
– Larenz Tate is set to co-star opposite David Lyons in NBC’s drama pilot “Game Of Silence,” from Carol Mendelsohn, David Hudgins and Sony TV. Written by Hudgins based on a Turkish series, and directed by Niels Arden Oplev, “Game Of Silence” follows Jackson (Lyons), a rising attorney on the brink of success who could lose his perfectly crafted life when his long-lost childhood friends threaten to expose a dark secret from their violent past. Tate has signed up to play Tony, the peacemaker of the group of friends.
– Rockmond Dunbar has signed up to play the male lead in the NBC drama pilot “Love Is A Four Letter Word.” The project, from playwright-TV writer Diana Son, 20th TV and Fabrik, chronicles the collision of race, sexuality and gender roles when 3 diverse couples put modern marriage to the test. Dunbar will play half of the lead couple, Nick, a charismatic and charming ad agency entrepreneur whose first marriage to Julie, the mother of 2 of his children, broke up over his affair with Fiona, now his wife. Nick and Fiona have an open marriage, and Fiona takes full advantage of their “arrangement.” But through the years, Nick has always pined for Julie, the true love of his life. Julie and Fiona have yet to be cast.
– Dule Hill and Kobi Libii have joined Laverne Cox in the CBS hour-long pilot “Doubt,” which hails from the husband-and-wife writing/executive-producing team, Tony Phelan and Joan Rater (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Madam Secretary”), and will focus on a yet-to-be-cast defense lawyer, named Sadie, at a firm who gets romantically involved with one of her clients – a faux pas made worse by the fact that he may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime. Hill will play Albert, Sadie’s law partner and close friend with a good sense of humor who is working with her on a very high-profile case, representing a member of a prominent New York family. Libii plays Nick, a smart, ambitious and enterprising recent law school graduate who is determined to work with the best criminal defense attorney in New York.
– CBS comedy pilot “Taxi-22” has rounded out its cast with Sahr Ngaujah, a Nigerian cab driver who shares a taxi as well as a love hate relationship with Bobby (played by John Leguizamo) at Yellow Cab. “Taxi-22” is an adaptation of the hit French Canadian comedy about a misanthropic and politically incorrect NYC cab driver in the vein of Archie Bunker (in the USA version, he’ll be played by Leguizamo).
– Marvel and Netflix have added Eka Darville to the cast of “A.K.A. Jessica Jones,” the all-new 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015 following “Marvel’s Daredevil.” Eka Darville plays Malcolm, a neighbor of Jessica’s whose own journey will intertwine with her quest in a surprising way.
That’s all for now…