EXCLUSIVE: The Hunger Games‘ Latarsha Rose and Omari Hardwick (Middle Of Nowhere) have been added the cast of BET’s hourlong pilot Being Mary Jane (form. Single Black Female) starring Gabrielle Union. Written by Mara Brock Akil and to be directed by Salim Akil, Being Mary Jane centers on successful talk show host Mary Jane Paul (Union) looking to one day become the No.1 nightly news anchor while searching for Mr. Right. Rose, repped by SMS Talent and Bleecker Street, will play Dr. Lisa Hudson, Mary Jane’s best friend from college who is a professional yet conflicted single woman whose strong religious values have driven her to a life of celibacy. Hardwick, repped by Greene & Assoc. and Brian Medavoy, will play Mary Jane’s love interest.
Australian actress Freya Tingley (Beneath The Waves) has been cast as a regular in Netflix’s Famke Janssen-starring original series Hemlock Grove, from Eli Roth and Gaumont International TV. Written by Brian McGreevey and Lee Shipman based on McGreevy’s upcoming goth horror novel, Hemlock Grove revolves around the murder of a young girl found close to the former Godfrey steel mill. The suspects in her killing include Peter (Landon Liboiron), a 17-year-old Gypsy kid from the wrong side of the tracks, and Roman (Bill Skarsgard), the arrogant Godfrey scion, whose sister Shelley is disturbingly deformed and whose mother, Olivia (Janssen), is the beautiful and controlling grand dame of Hemlock Grove. Tingley, repped by Gersh and Ken Jacobson, will play Christina Wendall, a precocious and friendly, self-dubbed novelist who interviews Peter after catching him swimming in her grandfather’s pond.