Rupert Graves (V For Vendetta) has landed a lead role opposite Joan Allen in the untitled ABC/ABC Studios drama pilot written by Jenna Bans and directed by Paul McGuigan. It follows the return of a politician’s (Allen) young son, Adam Warren (Liam James), who was presumed dead after disappearing more than a decade earlier. Graves, repped by APA and United Talent Agents in London, will play John (fka Peter Warren), Claire’s (Allen) handsome, warm and charismatic husband. For the past 12 years he has poured his energy into writing a book series about grief as the loss of their child took a toll on his and Claire’s relationship. Also cast is Madeleine Arthur (Big Eyes, The Tomorrow People) as the young Willa Warren, who becomes frantic when her little brother Adam goes missing. Arthur is repped by Gersh, Ken Kaplan, and MoGood Talent Management. Graves next will be seen starring opposite Radha Mitchell in the feature film Sacrifice.
James Floyd (My Brother The Devil) has landed a series regular role opposite Maisie Richardson-Sellers and Ray Winstone on ABC’s drama pilot Of Kings And Prophets. The project, from ABC Studios, is described as an epic biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king (Winstone), a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd on a collision course with destiny. Floyd, repped by UTA and CAM in the UK, will play Ish-Boseth, the youngest warrior son of Saul and Ahinoam. He next will be seen in crime thriller Newcomer.
Alimi Ballard (Fast Five, Numb3rs) has booked a series regular role in ABC pilot The Catch. Based on the novel by Kate Atkinson, the story centers on Alice (Mireille Enos), whose engagement to Kieran (Damon Dayoub) suddenly is shattered when she discovers she’s been conned. Ballard portrays Evan, a successful gallerist and closest friend to the couple who is shocked to learn they have all been swindled. He is repped by Stone Manners Salners Agency, Cohn/Torgan Management and attorney David Fox.