Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada, recently seen in The Wolverine, is set to co-star opposite Halle Berry in CBS’ upcoming summer drama series Extant, from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and CBS Studios. Created by Mickey Fisher, it centers on an astronaut (Berry) who returns home from a year-long solo mission in space and tries to reconnect with her husband and son in their everyday life. Her experiences in space and home lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history. Sanada will play a wealthy technological genius who put his wealth to work privatizing the world’s space programs into a single entity. The actor — repped by CAA, Axon Entertainment, Lighthouse Entertainment and Sheppard, Mullin — just finished voicing a character in Universal’s Despicable Me Minions spinoff and will next be seen as the chief Samurai Oishi in Universal Pictures’ 47 Ronin and the Weinstein Co’s The Railway Man.
Sinqua Walls, The Sopranos alumna Kathrine Narducci and Adam Huss have joined Starz’s drama series Power. It tells the story of wealthy New York City nightclub owner James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), who caters to the city’s elite. He wants to build an empire and turn the club into a Fortune 500 business, but there’s just one problem: He is living a double life. When he is not in the club, he is the kingpin of the most lucrative drug network in New York for a very high-level clientele. Walls, repped by Innovative and Zero Gravity and Felker Tocxek, will play Shawn, once a promising college basketball player, who was injured and now works is Ghost’s personal chauffeur. Narducci, repped by Headline Talent Agency, Clear Talent Group and Brillstein Entertainment, will play Frankie, a sexy lesbian with a high-level government job, a U.S. Attorney, in charge of an ongoing investigation into the drug trade, and she is Angela’s (Lela Loren) boss. Huss will play Josh, the sharp new manager of Ghost’s nightclub.