DeRay Davis has been cast as a series regular in Snowfall, FX’s drama pilot from John Singleton about the beginnings of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles in the 1980s. Co-created and co-written by the Boyz N The Hood director Singleton and Eric Amadio and directed by Singleton, Snowfall is set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it. Davis will play Jerome Saint, a tough criminal who helps his nephew Franklin (Damson Idris) get his start in the cocaine trade. Davis, repped by Global Artists Agency, Principato Young and attorney Steve Barnes, appeared in features including G.I. Joe: Retaliation, 21 Jump Street, Jumping The Broom and Barbershop. He currently recurs on Fox’s and Empire hosts MTV2’s Joking Off.
Curtis Armstrong (American Dad, King Of The Nerds) has booked a series regular role on Amazon pilot Highston, the half-hour coming-of-age comedy written by Nebraska scribe Bob Nelson, executive produced by Sacha Baron Cohen and to be directed by the Little Miss Sunshine duo of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The single-camera project centers on Highston Liggets, a kind 19-year-old perched on the edge of adulthood. When he encounters a world he doesn’t understand, he — like Elwood P. Dowd — retreats into his vast imagination, where famous “friends” are his companions and mentors. Armstrong, repped by Don Buchwald & Associates, will play Uncle Billy.