After a long search, newcomer Saxon Sharbino has landed the lead in Fox’s untitled Karyn Usher drama pilot. Written by Usher and directed by Brett Ratner, the project centers on Jane Forsythe (Sharbino), the orphaned 14-year-old daughter of a CIA operative who encounters a mysterious rogue agent who serves as her surrogate father and professional mentor in the spy world. 20th Century Fox TV and 21 Laps/Adelstein produce.
In other pilot castings, Norbert Leo Butz has been cast in Jason Katims’ NBC drama pilot County starring Jason Ritter. The Universal TV-produced project chronicles the lives of young doctors, nurses, and administrators in a frenetic, underfunded and morally compromising LA County Hospital. Butz will play a gregarious new intern at County, a former CPA who is more focused on finding the next party than work most of the time. Also cast in pilots are Cary Elwes, who joined ABC comedy Prairie Dogs, toplined by Kal Penn; and Laila Robbins, who was added to ABC’s untitled Emmerich/Kloser drama.