Giancarlo Esposito has joined the cast of NYC-set musical drama Stuck, about six strangers trapped on a stalled subway train. Filming is underway with a cast that includes Amy Madigan and singer-actress Ashanti. Esposito will play Lloyd, a mysterious homeless man who might offer more wisdom than expected.
Stuck is adapted from the stage play by Riley Thomas, who co-scripted with director Michael Berry; the helmer is set to release his drama Frontera, also co-starring Madigan alongside Ed Harris, Eva Longoria, and Michael Peña, this month. Esposito starred on the recent NBC series Revolution and was just announced as joining the cast of Disney’s The Jungle Book. He’s also in pre-production on his own project Patriotic Treason which he’ll direct, produce, and co-star opposite Ed Harris in the period retelling of the saga of abolitionist John Brown. Esposito nabbed a Critics Choice Award for his Emmy-nominated turn as Gus Fring on Breaking Bad, and is set to return to ABC’s fantasy series Once Upon A Time as Magic Mirror/Sidney Glass/Genie in the show’s September 28 Season 4 premiere. He’s repped by ICM Partners, Thruline Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein.
Indie romantic comedy Temps has found its leading duo in Grant Rosenmeyer (The Royal Tenenbaums) and Lindsey Shaw (Pretty Little Liars). Ryan Sage directs the pic about Jefferson (Rosenmeyer), a ski bum moonlighting as a temp worker who falls for the ambitious Stephanie (Shaw) and is forced to reevaluate his priorities. Modern Family‘s Reid Ewing and The Middle‘s Eden Sher are also aboard to play Jefferson and Shaw’s respective BFFs. Temps is the follow-up to Sage’s 2012 debut feature A Big Love Story, and is scripted by Tim Bennett-Huxtable. Filming on the RKM 29 production begins this month. Rosenmeyer is repped by Equitable Stewardship for Artists and Michael Keyes. Shaw is repped by Paradigm and Anonymous Content. Ewing is repped by UTA and Untitled Entertainment, while Sher is a client of APA, LINK and Skrzyniarz & Mallean.