Tony Award-winning actor Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights) is set for a recurring role on NBC’s midseason drama Do No Harm. Written by David Schulner, the Universal TV-produced project centers on Jeffrey Kohn (Steven Pasquale), a brilliant neurosurgeon wrestling with his dangerous alter-ego who threatens to wreak havoc on his personal and professional life. Miranda will play the attending clinical pharmacologist at a Philadelphia hospital who works to help Jeffrey. Do No Harm reunites Miranda with Uni TV — he did a two-episode arc on the studio’s Fox drama House. He is with WME and Liebman Entertainment.
In other guest castings, Ryan Hansen has been tapped for a potentially recurring role on CBS’ hot comedy series 2 Broke Girls, playing Candy Andy, a love interest for Caroline (Beth Behrs). He is with Gersh.
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures is negotiating to turn the Green Day-fueled Broadway musical American Idiot into a feature film. Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning Milk scribe, is in talks to write the script, and Michael Mayer will direct. Mayer helmed the stage run of the musical, which is closing on Broadway April 24 and launching a tour in the fall. Black most recently scripted J. Edgar, the Clint Eastwood film that stars Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover.
The musical, which uses the songs of the punk band’s seminal 2004 album to tell the coming-of-age story of three small-town guys, was optioned before its opening last spring by Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman. They previously turned the stage hit Mamma Mia! into a Universal film. It is expected that Green Day lead singer/songwriter Billie Joe Armstrong will be courted to play the role of the drug dealer St. Jimmy. Each time he did a stint in the role on Broadway, the grosses rose considerably at the St. James Theatre. The band was actively involved in the formation of the musical. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has ended plans to turn the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical In The Heights into a feature with director Kenny Ortega. I’m told that the studio made a hard decision to drop the project. Expectation is that creator … Read More »