Mad Men alumna Embeth Davidtz and Jack Noseworthy (Killing Kennedy) have been cast opposite Kelli Garner and Susan Sarandon in Marilyn, Lifetime’s upcoming four-hour miniseries about tragic Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe, to premiere in 2015. Based on best-selling book The Secret Life Of Marilyn Monroe by J. Randy Taraborrelli, the mini will center on Marilyn (Garner), who walks red carpets in shimmering gowns while fighting a battle against demons she’s inherited from her mentally ill mother Gladys (Sarandon), whom she loves, hates and wants desperately to save. Marilyn becomes the Face and Voice of an era, yet wants most of all to be someone’s mother and someone’s little girl. Davidtz’s other TV credits include Californication, and In Treatment. Her film work includes The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2, June Bug and Bridget Jones’s Diary. Noseworthy most recently wrapped upcoming feature Pearly Gates. He also guest starred on Lifetime’s The Lottery, and appeared in features Pretty Ugly People and Surrogates.
C.J. Valleroy (Unbroken), Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter), Christina Cole (Rosemary’s Baby), Nadja Bobyleva (Getting A Life) and Jon Brazier (The Piano) have rounded out the cast of TNT drama pilot Lumen, written by Chris Black and directed by Joe Johnson. Valleroy will play Charlie Drake, a teenager whose obsession with a series of fantasy books intensifies when he witnesses the author disappear in a blinding flash right in front of him. He tries for years to solve the mystery, ultimately opening up a portal into a surreal world called Lumen and transporting himself there, along with his family. Shaw plays Empress D’Laria, the imposing Empress of the magical kingdom of Lumen, whose teenage grandson Charlie (Valleroy) has just found his way into her surreal world after having been raised on Earth. D’Laria and her son, Prince Dai (Neil Jackson), find themselves fighting a brutal war against D’Laria’s daughter, Aelin Rose, who is leading a rebellion. Bobyleva plays Nora, a servant within the Empress’ palace who is hiding her loyalty to rebel forces. Cole is Jamie, Charlie’s (Valleyroy) mother, and Brazier plays Thane, a powerful sorcerer and advisor to the Empress, whose dark inclinations make him a dangerous force in the surreal world of Lumen.