Keir O’Donnell (Fargo, American Sniper) has booked a series regular role in Million Dollar Quartet (working title), CMT’s upcoming eight-episode scripted drama inspired by the Broadway musical. Produced by Leslie Greif and directed by Roland Joffé, Million Dollar Quartet is a coming-of-age story set in Memphis during the tumultuous early days of the civil rights movement, and tells the true story of young musicians Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis who combined the styles of hillbilly country with the 1950s R&B sound and changed the course of music forever. O’Donnell will play disc jockey Dewey Phillips, a man who ran one of the most successful radio stations in Memphis and was most notably the first DJ to play Elvis.
British actress Rachel Hurd-Wood (Home Fires) is set as a series regular in ABC pilot Spark, from writer Michael Cooney and producers Ian Sander & Kim Moses. Spark is a lavish primetime drama series of passion, greed and hope in a Steampunk reality, circa 2016. Set in an alternate history where gas and coal fuel the world, the drama centers on the battle for power between two rival families and a rebellious young woman with a spark of invention that could level both their empires. Wood will play Keira Stockton, Hazel Stockton’s daughter (Lena Olin) who is being groomed by her mother to take over the Stockton Coal Company one day. Hurd-Wood recently appeared in a starring role on ITV’s Home Fires. She is repped by Silver Lining Entertainment, ICM Partners and The Artists Partnership in the UK.
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