Samara Weaving and Ismael Cruz Cordova have joined the cast of Showtime’s comedy pilot SMILF. Frankie Shaw writes, directs and stars in the project, which is based on her film that won the Short Film Jury Award at Sundance last year.
Set in Boston, SMILF takes a raw look at a single twentysomething (Shaw) whose desires for relationships, sex and a career collide with the realities of being a young single mother. Weaving will play Nelson Rose, a recent college graduate with a burgeoning career as a sportscaster. She has fallen in love with Rafi and looks at him as her new pet project. Cruz Cordova is set as Rafi, a 28 year old man-child and recovering addict who is trying to navigate the new world of being a good ex-boyfriend to Brigette (Shaw) and baby daddy to his 2-year old son Larry.
Weaving appeared on Ash vs. Evil Dead and more than 300 episodes of the Australian soap opera Home and Away. Repped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment and Shanahan Management in Australia, she next appears in features The Babysitter and Monster Trucks. Cordova plays boxer Hector Campos on the current fourth season of Showtime’s Ray Donovan and has a role in Hulu’s drama pilot Citizen. He next appears in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk for director Ang Lee. The actor is repped by Gersh and Anonymous Content.
The SMILF pilot will be produced by ABC Signature as a co-production with Showtime.