Kristin Bauer van Straten (Once Upon A Time, True Blood) has been cast as a series regular in ABC’s drama pilot The Kingmakers. Written and executive produced by Sallie Patrick, The Kingmakers, from ABC Studios, centers on Eli (Gus Halper), a young man whose sister Julia is found dead during her freshman year at an elite Ivy League university. He adopts a new identity to infiltrate the school and its century-old secret society – consisting of privileged students, ambitious faculty and high-profile alums – in order to investigate her death. Bauer van Straten will play Maeve Vandemeer, an art professor at Braddock, who is married to the dean of the school and has a complicated ongoing affair with Senator Walden (Adrian Pasdar). Bauer van Straten recurs on ABC’s Once Upon A Time as Malificent and starred as vampire Pam on HBO’s True Blood. She’s repped by Innovative Artists, LINK, and Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson and Binder.
Red Band Society star Ciara Bravo has landed a series regular role on Fox pilot Frankenstein, from Rand Ravich, Howard Gordon and 20th TV. Taking inspiration from the basic Mary Shelley mythology of a man brought back to life by scientists playing God, Frankenstein centers on Ray Pritchard (Philip Baker Hall), a morally corrupt retired cop who is given a second chance at life when he is brought back from the dead. Bravo will play Gracie, Ray’s (Hall) granddaughter.
Mohammad Bakri (Tyrant) has booked one of the male leads opposite Ray Winstone in ABC’s drama pilot Of Kings And Prophets. The project, from ABC Studios, is described as an epic biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king (Winstone), a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd on a collision course with destiny. Bakri will play Samuel, last of the Biblical judges. He alone hears and speaks for God. Bakri is repped by Ramos Management, Dave Feldman of Bloom Hergott Diemer, and Hannah Hodgkinson in the UK.