Odette Annable (Breaking In) and Bruce Greenwood (The River) have been cast in ABC‘s Romeo & Juliet-esque drama pilot Venice. Written by Byron Balasco, directed by McG and executive produced by Ilene Chaiken, Venice is a soap about the haves and the have-nots of California’s most seductive city, Venice. It focuses on two rival families, the Nances and the Carvers, and a forbidden and dangerous romance emerging between them as the families battle for control of Venice. Annable will play Sophie Nance, the owner of the hippest boutique in Venice, who falls in love with the offspring of her family’s archenemies, Chris Carver. Greenwood plays Sophie’s father Gordy Nance, the most powerful man in Venice and head of the Nance family. Jennifer Beals plays the Carver matriarch. Warner Bros. TV and McG’s Wonderland produce. Greenwood, repped by Gersh and manager Chuck Binder, was recently in Flight and will next be seen in Star Trek Into Darkness. Annable, repped by UTA and Evolution, co-starred on the final season of Fox’s House. Balasco, McG, Chaiken and Peter Johnson exec produce.
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