In his first U.S. pilot gig, British actor Ben Aldridge has landed the lead in Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot Detour, from 20th Century Fox TV. Also cast in the pilot, written by Psych creator Steve Franks and directed by The Wedding Ringer’s Jeremy Garelick, is Joey Morgan.
Inspired by the real-life story of Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo, Detour centers on Michael Sturges (Aldridge), a charming rock star who made the unexpected choice at age 30 to quit his band and go back to college. Morgan will play Walter, Michael’s sweet-natured, brilliant but socially anxious/awkward college roommate. Franks, Cuomo, Dan Field, Chris Henze and Willie Mercer executive produce.
Aldridge, who bares a passing resemblance to Cuomo, starred in the 2014 BBC drama series Our Girl as well as the musical American Psycho at the Almeida Theatre in London. He is repped by Anonymous Content, UK’s Hamilton Hodell and Peikoff/Mahan.
Morgan, repped by Don Buchwald & Associates and MbM, recently wrapped the Lionsgate/Pantelion feature Compadres and next co-stars in Paramount Pictures’ Scouts Vs Zombies.