Luke Bracey is the latest Australian newcomer to score a major role this pilot season. In his first U.S. gig, Bracey (Home And Away), who was pursued by multiple pilots, is set for the young male lead opposite Odette Annable in ABC‘s Romeo & Juliet-esque pilot Westside (formerly Venice), 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. Bracey will play the handsome and sexy Chris Carver. Recently released from a six-year prison term for dealing marijuana, Chris hopes to move to Costa Rica and start his life over — but he finds himself quickly sucked back into the drama of the Carver family… and a romance with the daughter of his family’s chief rival, Sophie Nance (Annable). READ MORE »
Summit Entertainment is bearing down on the male lead in Divergent, the adaptation of the Neil Burger-directed adaptation of the Veronica Roth novel that will star Shailene Woodley. She’s the next hot gal after a breakout performance in The Descendants, followed by scoring the Mary Jane role in The Amazing Spider-Man sequel. I’m told that Summit held Divergent “chemistry” readings yesterday that paired Woodley with four young actors: Luke Bracey, Brenton Thwaites, Lucas Till and Jack Reynor.
Since I barely got my high school Regent’s diploma with a 65 in chemistry (at the time it was a jump shot at the buzzer following the 32 I scored in trigonometry), I am the wrong person to ask about who emerged with a leg up by acing this chemistry test. But I think it means we should have a winner shortly, and it likely will be one of these up and comers.