Matt Craven has been cast in Unless, a feature adaptation of Carol Shields’ best seller. Catherine Keener stars as Reta, a writer whose daughter has run away and is found homeless and panhandling on the streets of Toronto. Craven will play her husband, Tom. The veteran actor stars on the ABC series Resurrection, and his recent TV credits also recurring on Justified and NCIS. His big-screen work includes White House Down and X-Men: First Class. He next appears in Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall. Craven is repped by Frontline Management, SDB and Edna Talent in Toronto.

S. Epatha Merkerson has landed a role in Year By The Sea, director Alexander Janko’s take on Joan Anderson’s novel. It centers on an empty-nester who retreats to Cape Cod rather than follow her husband to Kansas. Once there, she finds herself “an unfinished woman,” ripe with possibilities. Merkerson, plays Liz, the woman’s straight-talking, hard-driving literary agent. Merkerson starred on the original Law & Order and next stars in the Chicago Fire planted spinoff Chicago Med. Other recent credits include Deception and telepic The Gabby Douglas Story. She also has roles in the upcoming Marvin Gaye biopic Sexual Healing and The Challenger. She is repped by ICM Partners and and McGowan Management,