Niko Pepaj has joined MTV’s Awkward as a recurring guest star. On the comedy, which has its midseason finale Tuesday, he will play Sergio, a confident and unflappable young man who works with Sadie (Molly Tarlov) on the food truck. Pepaj recurred on the ABC Family ballet dramedy Bunheads, and other TV credits include The Protector and the MTV telefilm My Super Psycho Sweet 16: Part 3. He next appears in The 420 Movie: Mary And Jane. Pepaj is repped by BCH Entertainment and JKA Talent Agency.
Arlen Escarpeta (Final Destinaton 5, We Are Marshall) and Yolonda Ross (Go For Sisters) have been cast opposite Yaya DaCosta in Lifetime’s I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story. Helmed by Angela Bassett in her directorial debut, the biopic chronicles the tumultuous relationship between Houston (DaCosta) and singer-songwriter Bobby Brown — from the time they first met at the very height of their celebrity through their courtship and rocky marriage, all during Whitney’s meteoric rise as a singer, actress and model. It’s slated for a 2015 premiere. Escarpeta, repped by DBA and Karen Forman Management, will play Brown. Ross, repped by Mark Armstrong at Sanders, Armstrong, Caserta Management, will play Robyn, Whitney’s lifelong friend and confidant.