And the beat goes on folks… We may as well create the Twitter hashtag #BlackActorsInPilotSeasonDemand
Today’s casting announcement comes from Fox. The network is developing a small screen version of the sci-fi movie based on the 1956 Philip K. Dick science fiction short story, “The Minority Report,” which starred Tom Cruise, and was directed by Steven Spielberg. Fox’s TV series version will be set 10 years after the events of the film, which concluded with law enforcement’s Precrime division being disbanded. In the show, a female detective who is haunted by her past, teams up with a Precog that’s still plagued by visions (similar to the movie, although the genders of each character has been swapped).
Announced just moments ago, Meagan Good has been cast to star as the female detective – Lara Vega. No word yet on who will play the Precog, although we know that the character is male. But Good is essentially playing the character Tom Cruise originated in the Spielberg movie.
Joining good in the series cast are Daniel London, Li Jun Li, and Laura Regan.
Max Borenstein (“Godzilla”) wrote the pilot. Kevin Falls is the showrunner and an executive producer along with Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.
The pilot is from Amblin Television and Paramount Television in association with Twentieth Century Fox TV.
This marks the second pilot casting for Meagan Good just this month alone; a couple of weeks ago, she replaced the previously-cast Lenora Crichlow in NBC’s “Mr. Robinson,” the upcoming, new comedy series starring Craig Robinson as a talented musician with rough edges, who adjusts to his new life as a music teacher in a big-city middle school, where he encounters teacher politics and the temptations of single moms.
Good was cast to play a recurring character named Victoria Wavers, a successful former Wall Street trader who left the Street to pursue her true calling as a high school English teacher at the school where Robinson’s character is now employed. I’d guess that she’ll likely be a romantic interest for his character as well.
Larenz Tate and Amandla Stenberg also co-star in that series.