Angus Sampson has landed a regular role in Shut Eye, Hulu’s original series from creator Les Bohem, TriStar Television and Mark Johnson’s Gran Via Productions. It takes a darkly comedic look at the underground world of Los Angeles storefront psychics and the organized crime syndicate that runs them. Sampson will play Fonzo, a macho and powerful Romani kingpin with a taste for the finer things in life. A single father still mourning the loss of his wife, he appears affable and easygoing — but in fact, he’s a dangerous, menacing man who runs his business with an iron fist. KaDee Strickland and Isabella Rossellini also star. Sampson, whose recent credits include Insidious: Chapter 3 and Mad Max: Fury Road, is repped by Gersh, Ellen Meyer Management and Australia’s Creative Representation.
Manny Montana has been cast in ABC’s legal drama pilot Conviction, from the Mark Gordon Co. and ABC Studios. Co-created by Liz Friedman and Liz Friedlander, it stars Hayley Atwell as the brilliant but ne’er-do-well daughter of a former U.S. president who is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of Los Angeles’ newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. She works with her team of lawyers, investigators and forensic experts to examine cases where there’s credible suspicion that the wrong person may have been convicted of a crime. Montana will play Franklin “Frankie” Rios, who is in charge of Forensics and has a street-savvy reserve that co-exists with a boyish excitement for science. He became interested in the field after watching a forensics show almost daily when serving two years in prison for car theft. Repped by Innovative Artists and Trademark Talent, Montana’s credits include Graceland, South Beach and the feature Blackhat.