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TV Casting News Roundup: New Roles for Rutina Wesley, Lynn Whitfield, Derek Luke, Tyler James Williams, Others

TV Casting News Roundup: New Roles for Rutina Wesley, Lynn Whitfield, Derek Luke, Tyler James Williams, Others

Lots of casting news to catch up on, that we missed over the last couple of weeks… so follow the bouncing ball:

– Rutina Wesley has joined the cast of NBC’s “Hannibal” as a pivotal character from Thomas Harris’ “Red Dragon” novel in season 3. She’ll play Reba McClane, a blind woman who enters into a relationship with the psychotic Francis Dolarhyde (Richard Armitage), and helps soothe his murderous urges – at least at first. “Hannibal” will return to NBC this summer.

– Lynn Whitfield has booked a recurring roles on Season 3 of VH1’s cheerleader drama series “Hit The Floor.” Production begins this week for premiere this year.

– Gentry White has booked a recurring role in the second season of AMC’s Revolutionary War drama “Turn: Washington Spies.” He will play Billy Lee, a young slave from Virginia, George Washington’s right-hand man (at age 17), household servant and valet. Educated by Washington, Billy is forever by his side.

– Canadian actor Matt Murray has joined the cast of workplace comedy pilot “Kevin From Work,” as a regular. It’s about  Kevin (Noah Reid), an adorable but lonely young man unlucky in love who professes his love to his beautiful and quirky co-worker Audrey (Paige Spara), thinking he’ll never see her again after he accepts a job offer overseas. But then that job offer is rescinded and now they have to continue to work with each other. Murray will play Brian, Kevin’s (Reid) best friend and confidant who is also a bit of a prankster; he’s always giving Kevin the not smartest advice.

– Allen Maldonado has landed a recurring role in ABC’s comedy “Black-ish.” Maldonado will play Curtis, the new assistant to Andre “Dre” Johnson’s (Anthony Anderson).

– Tyler James Williams, who recurs on “The Walking Dead,” is set to co-star opposite Gary Sinise in CBS’ “Criminal Minds” spinoff. Like “Criminal Minds,” the spinoff focuses on a division of the FBI. It follows FBI agents helping American citizens who find themselves in trouble abroad. Williams will play the sweet and incredibly smart Monty. As the team’s tech analyst, Monty stays at home while the team works abroad. His attention to detail and kind manner are invaluable as he liaises with the families of those in trouble and uses his tech savvy to help the team fill in the holes as they search for a killer far from home.

– Tone Bell has been tapped to co-star in comedy pilot “People Are Talking,” which examines sex, race and everything else your parents told you never to talk about. Bell will play the co-lead, the best friend to Mitch and his neighbor, and voice of reason. He’s a stand-up comic, which is relevant only in that he has no fear when it comes to talking to someone or making a scene in public to prove his point.

– Finesse Mitchell has been tapped for a recurring role on HBO’s new comedy pilot “Brothers In Atlanta,” written by and starring Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin, and executive produced by Lorne Michaels. Maya Rudolph and Jaden Smith also will appear in the pilot. The story centers on best friends Langston (Riddle) and Moose (Salahuddin), who are two struggling entertainers living in Atlanta. Mitchell will play Walter, one of the backup singers to Shirle (Rudolph) and a nemesis to Moose (Salahuddin).

– Derek Luke has landed a role opposite Thandie Newton and Cole Hauser on the third season of DirecTV’s suspense drama series “Rogue.” He’ll play Marlon Dinard, the leader of the 13th Street Kings, a powerful street gang. Shooting on Season 3 begins next week in Toronto. Luke will soon be seen on Fox’s “Empire” in an upcoming 5-episode arc.

– Boris Kodjoe has booked a secret role on Fox’s “Last Man on Earth,” the comedy that stars Will Forte as an average guy who appears to be the only survivor of a deadly virus that has wiped out humanity. Kodjoe’s role is being kept under wraps.

That’s it for now!

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