Former About A Boy star Minnie Driver is set as the female lead in the ABC comedy pilot Speechless, from Scott Silveri and 20th Century Fox TV. In addition, Mason Cook (The Haunting Hour) has been cast as the project’s young lead.
Speechless centers on a family with a special-needs child that is good at dealing with the challenges it faces and excellent at creating new ones.
Driver will play the mother, Maya. Fiercely protective of her non-verbal son JJ, she makes it her mission to find the perfect school for him, repeatedly moving her family from town to town in the process. Her single-minded fight for her family can rub people the wrong way — sometimes people in the family itself — but it all stems from a loving intention.
Cook will play Ray, the youngest of the family’s three boys. Ray supports his mother as she struggles and tilts at windmills; he just wishes she could bust a few fewer asses along the way. Quite certain he’s always right, Ray views himself as “the only adult in the family” — an assertion to which the actual adults who birthed him sometimes object.
Oscar-nominated Driver, who starred in the miniseries The Red Tent, is repped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment and Morris Yorn.
Cook, who played Eddie Munster in NBC’s Mockingbird Lane, was recently nominated for a Daytime Emmy For his work in The Haunting Hour. He also played the lead in Lifetime movie If There Be Thorns and the role of Sean Bean’s son in TNT’s Legends. Cook is repped by Coast to Coast Talent Group, Primary Wave Entertainment and attorney Howard Fishman.