Penelope Ann Miller (The Birth of a Nation) has been cast opposite T.R. Knight in ABC’s untitled Meaghan Oppenheimer drama pilot, executive produced by Reese Witherspoon. Written by Oppenheimer, the project follows the personal and professional life of Gemma, a ruthless divorce attorney in Dallas, which begins to unravel when her emotionally damaged, love-addicted sister resurfaces, triggering self-destructive tendencies and exposing long-hidden family secrets. Miller will play Elizabeth Hamilton, the wife of a Texas oil billionaire who is seeking revenge after having been left for a woman 20 years younger than she. Miller starred opposite Nate Parker, Armie Hammer and Gabrielle Union in Sundance hit The Birth of a Nation. Her TV credits include American Crime, Mistresses and Men of a Certain Age. She is repped by APA and Untitled.
Christian Ochoa is set as a series regular in ABC drama pilot The Death Of Eva Sofia Valdez, from writer Charise Castro Smith and producers Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters. Described as a sexy revenge drama with a supernatural twist and as Macbeth with a Cuban twist, it centers on Eva Sofia Valdez, an immigrant who rose from rags to riches and is a celebrated Miami entrepreneur and a champion of immigrant rights. But her success is fueled by an insatiable ambition that could destroy her family, a vendetta against the lover who betrayed her and ghosts from the past who threaten to reveal the dark sacrifices Eva Sofia made to attain the American Dream. Ochoa will play Nicolas Valdez, Eva Sofia’s youngest son, a handsome lawyer and “effortless prince” who is his mother’s undeniable favorite. Ochoa is the male lead in Sydney Freelands’ Her Story. He’s repped by Kramer Management and TalentWorks.