EXCLUSIVE: Jaimie Alexander and Bernard White have been tapped for major recurring roles opposite Jack Black and Tim Robbins on HBO half-hour comedy series The Brink, from Jerry Weintraub. Directed by Jay Roach from a script by brothers Roberto and Kim Benabib, The Brink is an epic dark comedy focusing on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men: U.S. Secretary of State Walter Hollander (Robbins); Alex Coppins (Black), a lowly Foreign Service officer; and Zeke Callahan (Pablo Schreiber), an ace Navy fighter pilot. These three compromised souls must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War III. Alexander will play Gail Sweet, a public affairs officer on an aircraft carrier. White will play General Haroon Raja, the head of the ISI; he’s an unpredictable, jealous and intelligent man with a drive to rule Pakistan.

The Brink is executive produced by Roberto Benabib, Weintraub and Roach, with Kim Benabib and Susan Ekins co-executive producing, Black and Robbins producing and fellow co-star Aasif Mandvi co-producing. Alexander, repped by Mosaic, WME and attorney Lev Ginsburg, is already in business with HBO — she co-stars opposite Wes Bentley in the network’s provocative Ryan Murphy pilot Open. She is the shooting indie feature Broken Vows, also opposite Bentley, and next will be seen in London Fields. White, repped by Greene & Associates, appeared in Marvel’s Thor films and recently wrapped a summer run of The Who And The What at the Lincoln Center Theatre in NYC.