Edi Gathegi (Twilight) is set to co-star opposite Kyle Bornheimer in ABC’s comedy pilot White Van Man. The single-camera is a blue collar ensemble based on the British format and centers on Jack (Kyle Bornheimer) who is forced to put his dreams on hold in order to take over the family handyman business from his father Tony (J.K. Simmons). Gathegi will play Darren, one of Tony’s workers. Also cast in the pilot is Johnny Pemberton as Tony’s teen nephew. The series takes its name from the UK phrase that describes the stereotype for drivers of light commercial vehicles, often self-employed or owning small businesses such as handyman services. The ABC Studios/Mark Gordon Co.-produced adaptation was written by Bobby Bowman. Michael Fresco is directing. Gathegi, repped by ICM & Framework, recently starred in Tracy Lett’s play Superior Donuts at the Geffen Playhouse. Pemberton, repped by CAA, Principato Young & attorney Lev Ginsburg, will next be seen in Neighborhood Watch, This Is 40 and 21 Jump Street.
Veteran Martin Landau has joined ABC’s untitled Roland Emmerich drama pilot, from ABC Studios and the Mark Gordon Co. Written by Emmerich and Harold Kloser and to be directed by Emmerich, the project centers on Carter (Max Thieriot), an astrophysics grad student in NYC who learns that he is the chosen one to destroy the forces of evil. Landau, repped by TalentWorks, will play Mr. Armin, a blind former German soldier in World War II who is the executor of Carter’s father’s estate and one of Carter’s only true friends.