EXCLUSIVE: HBO Max has set the full cast for its lifeguard drama pilot Ke Nui Road. Robbie Magasiva (Spreadsheet, Wentworth), Andrew Creer (Lethal Weapon, You), Tessa de Josselin (Mr. Inbetween, Paper Champions), Kekoa Scott Kekumano (The White Lotus, Aquaman), Koa Tom, Rachel Ogechi Kanu (My Best Friend’s Exorcism), Z’aree Pu’ukani Loganbill, Ethan Rich (Hawaiian Vacation, Last of the Grads), and George Mason (The Power of the Dog) are set as series regulars in the Max Original pilot from John Wells, Animal Kingdom writer Matt Kester, and Warner Bros. Television.
Written by Kester and directed by Wells, Ke Nui Road is a contemporary drama set on the North Shore of Oahu, focusing on the relationships between an elite crew of heavy-water lifeguards and the teens and young adults they mentor and train in the junior lifeguard program. The junior guards program embodies the beauty, the danger, the struggle, and the spirit of aloha — all centered on the ocean — that is modern Hawaii.
Magasiva will play Sonny, a surfer, waterman, and North Shore lifeguard captain with deep ties to his community, the surf world, and his Hawaiian heritage.
Creer will portray Will, a cocky, self-promoting young lifeguard from Newport Beach determined to move up the ranks and prove himself as a North Shore waterman.
De Josselin will play Jenn, one of the few female lifeguards on the North Shore – competitive, tough, a natural leader and one of the best lifesavers on the North Shore in dangerous surf.
Kekumano is Laka, a fun-loving local boy from a big Hawaiian family, fearless in the ocean, never afraid of a good time.
Tom will play Kainalu, a local Hawaiian kid born with a once-in-a-generation surfing talent, hampered by circumstances but driven to show the world what he’s made of.
Kanu will portray Ruby. A recent arrival to the North Shore, Ruby has come to Hawaii with her military family, crippled by grief and badly in need of healing and a friend.
Loganbill will play Mahina, the smart, fiercely independent, middle daughter from a working-class Hawaiian family fighting to remain on a North Shore that’s becoming too expensive for the Hawaiians who’ve been there for generations.
Rich is Kade, a brash young surfer born to action sports royalty who is groomed by his parents and the industry to surf stardom. A stardom he’s no longer certain he wants.
Mason will play Paul, a surf team manager living free at the team house and responsible for coaching, mentoring, and managing a team of teen surfers and professional surfers.
Kester will executive produce the pilot with Wells and Erin Jontow. Brian Keaulana and Llewellyn Wells are producing alongside Terri Murphy. The pilot will be produced by John Wells Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Magasiva is repped by Impression Entertainment, Johnson and Laird Management, and Sue Barnett & Associates. Creer is repped by Fourward in the U.S. and Sue Barnett & Associates in Australia. de Josselin is with Marquee and Art2perform. Kekumano is repped by Bliss Models & Talent LLC. Tom is repped by Goodman Genow Schenkman Smelkinson & Christopher, LLP. Kanu is repped by Innovative Artists. Loganbill is repped by Goodman Genow Schenkman Smelkinson & Christopher, LLP. Rich is repped by 22Talent, Impact Artists Group and Skrzyniarz & Mallean. Mason is repped by The Gersh Agency and Sue Barnett & Associates.
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