Felicity Huffman, star of John Ridley’s ABC anthology series American Crime, is guest starring in Ridley’s ABC drama pilot Presence. The gig, limited to the pilot only, stems from Huffman’s relationship with Ridley and fellow Presence executive producer Michael McDonald, who also exec produce Presence, and is the type of favor name actors do for writers and producers they have a strong relationship with. Huffman tweeted about her stint yesterday.
Presence, a stylish update of the classic detective genre, follows Presence Foster (Stephanie Sigman), a former Army veteran who finds herself interacting with a widely divergent, and highly colorful cross-section of Los Angeles as she unintentionally begins a career as an unlicensed Private Investigator. Huffman plays a wealthy Beverly Hills shipping heiress who hires Presence to find her son.
Underground’s Jessica de Gouw has booked a recurring role opposite Matt Bomer and Lily Collins in The Last Tycoon, Amazon’s drama pilot based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel. The pilot, from Sony TV’s TriStar Television, was inspired by the life of film mogul Irving Thalberg, on whom the book’s protagonist Monroe Stahr was based. De Gouw will play Minna Davis, the star of the studio who embodies both the glamour and dream that was Hollywood. She is repped by UTA, Kelly Tiffan, and Jackoway Tyerman.