Steven Brand has been tapped for a new series regular role on AMC’s pilot Galyntine, the drama created by Halt & Catch Fire‘s Jason Cahill and executive produced by Scott Free and The Walking Dead‘s Greg Nicotero. Nicotero also is directing the pilot, a fantasy-action adventure with hints of sci-fi set in a postapocalyptic future without technology where a band of survivors is forced to adapt to isolation and the challenges of their new world. Alex Russell was just cast in the lead role, and Catherine Dent and Charlotte D’Ambroise also are aboard. Brand, repped by Global Artists Agency, will play Britt, Haven’s (Dent) husband. He is Essyn and Aethys’ father, a once formidable hunter who’s now a political figure in the colony. Brand, who recurred on Starz’s Magic City, is next up in a recurring role on ABC’s drama Secrets & Lies.
Daniel Bernhardt (The Matrix Reloaded) has been added to the cast of revenge action thriller John Wick. Directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, the film stars Keanu Reeves as the title character, a former hitman. After a thug named Iosef Tarasov (Alfie Allen), and his friends steal John’s car and in the process kill the dog given to him by his late wife, he tracks the thieves to New York. But Tarasov’s father Viggo (Michael Nyqvist), a wealthy and vicious Russian crime boss, puts a large bounty on John’s head, which Marcus (Willem Dafoe), an old “friend” of Wick’s, is determined to collect. Bernhardt, currently seen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, plays Kirill, a formal Russian military commander who is Viggo’s henchman.
Dan Fogler and Steve-O have joined the cast of RKO’s Barely Lethal. The Kyle Newman-directed action comedy produced by Brett Ratner stars Hailee Steinfeld as a 16-year old international assassin who fakes her own death in pursuit of a “normal” adolescence. Fogler plays Mr. Drumm, a popular high school teacher who takes a special interest in his students’ lives. His credits include Fanboys, Hannibal and voice roles in Free Birds, Kung Fu Panda and Mars Needs Moms. Fogler next will be seen in the Anne Hathaway drama Don Peyote, which he also co-wrote and co-directed. Jackass veteran … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Josh Duhamel and Dan Fogler will star in Scenic Route, directed by Kevin and Michael Goetz. Written by Kyle Killen (The Beaver), the film follows two former college buddies who go on a road trip and become stranded in the desert. As they begin to realize they might never be rescued, they begin to have heated fights, both emotionally and physically.
In addition to Scenic Route, Fogler will star alongside Kal Penn in the comedy pilot Prairie Dogs from ABC Studios/ABC. He will play Roj, one of the programmers, or “prairie dogs,” who work with Neil (Penn) at EGG Technologies. Fogler’s credits include Relativity’s Take Me Home Tonight, Disney’s Mars Needs Moms, Focus Features’ Balls Of Fury and Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock. He is currently co-directing and producing the film Don Peyote through his production company Studio 13, which he co-founded. He is repped by WME and Management 360. Duhamel’s credits include the Transformers franchise, Life As We Know It and the upcoming Fire With Fire starring Bruce Willis and Rosario Dawson. He is repped by ICM and John Carrabino Management.
Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA.
Because they are introducing a show about men into the traditionally female-skewing ABC primetime lineup, the producers and performers of Man Up! were called upon to spend much of their time addressing reporters at TCA today about what it means — or doesn’t mean — to be a man in America in 2011. The show stars Christopher Moynihan (also the creator and one of the executive producers), Mather Zickel and Dan Fogler (Tony winner for his role in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) as three confused guys in their late 30s who would love to grow up if they could only figure out how.
One reporter went so far as to ask that, in a new season that includes many of what the network has been calling “female empowerment” shows, if Man Up! might actually be a show about male emasculation. Fogler thinks not. “[It] reflects what’s going on with people right now in society,” he said. “I feel very close to my character, Kenny — I have a lot of friends out there who will watch … that’s me up there, man … I think they’ll dig it. I don’t think the show is about men being emasculated; [it’s about men] finding themselves.” Moynihan joked that the three, being actors, “are soft guys already … face it, I have a lot of product in my hair.” On a more … Read More »
Eamonn Walker has landed the lead in Ron Moore’s drama pilot for NBC 17th Precinct, set in the fictional town of Excelsior where magic and supernatural elements rule over science and revolving around the cops at the local 17th Precinct. Walker, repped by ICM and manager Joan Fields, will play Detective Chief Inspector Wilder Blanks. Also cast in the pilot is Jamie Bamber as a homicide detective.
Dan Fogler has been tapped as a lead in ABC’s comedy pilot Man Up. Written by Chris Moynihan, the project centers on happily married father of two Will (Mather Zickel), his brother-in-law Kenny (Fogler) and the lovelorn Craig (Chris Moynihan) Fogler , repped by WME and Management 360, will next be seen in Take Me Home Tonight and Mars Needs Moms.
Relativity Media has released a trailer for Take Me Home Tonight, a coming of age comedy shot in 2007 by Universal Pictures under the title Kids in America. It languished until it was acquired by Relativity and set for March 4 release. Written by That ’70s Show team of Jackie and Jeff Filgo, the Michael Dowse-directed film stars Topher Grace (also a producer), Anna Faris and Dan Fogler.