Mario Van Peebles (Ali) has been cast in a guest role with a series option in CBS’ civil rights crime drama pilot For Justice. Also joining as a series regular is Leonardo Nam (Vantage Point) . Based on James Patterson’s debut crime novel, The Thomas Berryman Number, For Justice centers on Special Agent Natalia “Nat” Chappel (Anika Noni Rose), a cool, laser-focused, tough as nails FBI agent who works in the Criminal Section of the Department of Civil Rights Division and finds herself caught between the radical family she was born into and the professional family she has chosen. Peebles, repped by Luber Roklin, will play Ben, Nat’s (Rose) father. He’s a long-time revolutionary, determined to overthrow the American government by subversion or political action, and he’s been living an underground life for decades. Nam, repped by ABA and 3 Arts, is Leon, an FBI agent with the Civil Rights Unit and the best-dressed, best-groomed man in the Bureau. He’s also ranked in mixed martial arts.
Joshua Leonard (If I Stay) has joined the cast of NBC’s drama pilot Heart Matters. Inspired by the life of Dr. Kathy Magliato, the medical soap follows the outspoken Alex Panttiere (Melissa George), one of the rare female heart-transplant surgeons. Alex brings an innovative eye to treating patients week to week while also balancing the complications of her professional and romantic life. Leonard, repped by Silver Lining Entertainment and Myman Abel Fineman, will play Max, Alex’s (George) ex-husband. Leonard’s recent TV credits include recurring roles on A&E’s Bates Motel, HBO’s True Detective and Togetherness.
Page Kennedy (Backstrom) has booked a role in CBS’ hourlong pilot Rush Hour. Written/executive produced by Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick and directed/exec produced by Jon Turteltaub, the pilot centers on Lee (Jon Foo), a stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police officer assigned to a case in Los Angeles, where he’s forced to work with Carter (Justin Hires), a cocky black LAPD officer who has no interest in a partner. Kennedy, repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Principato/Yung Management, is cast as a guest star with a series option in second position to his Fox series Backstrom. He will play Gerald, Carter’s (Hires) cousin. Gerald runs with a rough crowd, and he’s in the know about a lot of stuff that is often helpful to a police investigation. He comes off as vicious and terrifying, but it’s merely an act.