Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights) is set to co-star opposite Benjamin Walker in HBO’s Cold War spy drama pilot The Missionary, from Charles Randolph, producers Stephen Levinson and Mark Wahlberg and author Malcolm Gladwell. Set in Berlin in the late 1960s, The Missionary centers on Roy (Walker), a young American missionary who gets caught up in Cold War intrigue while helping a young woman escape East Berlin. Plemons, repped by TalentWorks and attorney David Matlof, will play Sherwood Elbridge, a young coca-cola executive who helps smuggle defectors out of the Eastern Bloc. Baltasar Kormakur is directing.
Canadian Lauren Ash (Syfy’s Scare Tactics) has landed a co-lead opposite Rebel Wilson on Wilson’s ABC comedy pilot Super Fun Night. The project, executive produced by Conan O’Brien, was originally developed as a multi-camera sitcom for CBS last season. After it didn’t make the cut, it was picked up by ABC as a single-camera comedy. Written by and starring Bridesmaids standout Wilson, Super Fun Night follows three nerdy female friends: Kimmie (Wilson), Helen-Alice (Lisa Lapira) and Marika (Ash) on their “funcomfortable” quest to have “super fun” every Friday night. The role was played by Edy Patterson in the original pilot. Ash, repped by Parent Management, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and The Glick Agency, hails from Second City Mainstage Toronto and Chicago.
Chris Butler (HBO’s True Blood) has been added to the cast of TNT’s drama pilot King & Maxwell, In the vein of Moonlighting, it follows private investigators Sean King (Tenney) and Michelle Maxwell (Romijn) who both are former Secret Service agents. Butler, repped by SDB Partners and manager Bruce Economou, will play the street smart and tough partner to FBI Agent Brandon Murdock (Michael O’Keefe). He currently recurs on CBS’s The Good Wife and Showtime’s Shameless.