Young actress Xosha Roquemore has been added to the cast of Fox’s The Mindy Project as a new regular next season after doing a three-episode arc on the comedy’s current freshman season. Roquemore recently landed a major recurring role on TV Land’s new Kirstie Alley comedy series after guest starring in the pilot, but in light of the Mindy Project opportunity, the cable network let the actress out and will recast her role. Roquemore, repped by SDB Partners, Principal Entertainment and Frank Stewart, co-stars in G.B.F., which is premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Lost alum Kevin Durand is set to co-star opposite Corey Stoll in FX‘s hot drama project The Strain, from filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and former Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse. Del Toro will direct the pilot from a script he co-wrote with Chuck Hogan based on their vampire novel trilogy. The Strain is a high-concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Stoll), the head of the Centers for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. Durand will play Vasily Fet, a second-generation Ukrainian-American and rat exterminator by trade, enthusiastically joins the war against the vampires who have invaded New York. Under the mentorship of a wizened vampire hunter from Eastern Europe, Fet discovers his once solitary life now has vitality and meaning.