Lukas Haas (Inception) and Saxon Sharbino have joined Fox’s drama series Touch as new regulars as the series reboots with moving the action (and leading duo Martin, Kiefer Sutherland, and his son Jake, David Mazouz) from New York to Los Angeles. In the first season finale, Martin and Jake met Lucy (Maria Bello), a distraught mother whose gifted daughter (Sharbino) is missing. The casting keeps 13-year-old Sharbino at Fox where she was discovered last pilot season when she beat out a score of young actresses to land the lead in the Karyn Usher pilot. Despite the fact that the pilot didn’t make it to series, Fox brass loved Sharbino’s performance. Haas will play a genius working for the mysterious Aster Corps that is after Jake. Joining Touch as a recurring is Greg Ellis (24), playing a journalist and an old friend of Martin’s.
EXCLUSIVE: Newcomer Saxon Sharbino, who beat out a score of young actresses to land the lead in Fox’s untitled Karyn Usher drama pilot, has signed with WME and ROAR. She was at Innovative. The pilot, written by Usher and directed by Brett Ratner, has been garnering strong early buzz, with Sharbino getting high marks for her performance. The project centers on Jane Forsythe (Sharbino), the orphaned 14-year-old daughter of a CIA operative who encounters a mysterious rogue agent (Julian McMahon) who serves as her surrogate father and professional mentor in the spy world.
After a long search, newcomer Saxon Sharbino has landed the lead in Fox’s untitled Karyn Usher drama pilot. Written by Usher and directed by Brett Ratner, the project centers on Jane Forsythe (Sharbino), the orphaned 14-year-old daughter of a CIA operative who encounters a mysterious rogue agent who serves as her surrogate father and professional mentor in the spy world. 20th Century Fox TV and 21 Laps/Adelstein produce.
In other pilot castings, Norbert Leo Butz has been cast in Jason Katims’ NBC drama pilot County starring Jason Ritter. The Universal TV-produced project chronicles the lives of young doctors, nurses, and administrators in a frenetic, underfunded and morally compromising LA County Hospital. Butz will play a gregarious new intern at County, a former CPA who is more focused on finding the next party than work most of the time. Also cast in pilots are Cary Elwes, who joined ABC comedy Prairie Dogs, toplined by Kal Penn; and Laila Robbins, who was added to ABC’s untitled Emmerich/Kloser drama.