Maisie Richardson-Sellers (The Originals), who has a role in the upcoming Star Wars movie, will play a lead in Of Kings And Prophets, ABC’s drama pilot written by Adam Cooper & Bill Collage and directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff, which will be filmed in South Africa. The project, from ABC Studios, is described as an epic biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king (Roy Winstone), a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd on a collision course with destiny. Richardson-Sellers, repped by UTA, UK’s CAM, Luber Roklin and attorney James Adams, will play Michal, the youngest child of King Saul (Winstone).
Julie Ann Emery (Better Call Saul) and Brad Carter (Ascension) have joined the cast of the untitled Johnny Knoxville family comedy, written/executive produced by Victor Fresco and directed by his brother Michael Fresco. Narrated by Knoxville and based on his life, it follows the exploits of 12-year-old Johnny navigating the “outlaw culture” of his family and small hometown of Knoxville, TN, and documents the childhood experiences that inspired him to become one of the greatest pranksters of a generation. Emery, repped by Innovative Artists and Wallerstein Barker, will play Genevieve, Johnny’s shamelessly narcissistic and caring mother. Carter, repped by Luber Roklin, TalentWorks and Jackoway Tyerman, will play “Jukebox” Johnson Jr, an employee of his father Ray’s tire shop, who got his name from stealing from a jukebox right in front of the store owner.
Efren Ramirez (Napolean Dynamite) has landed a role in the untitled Judah Miller comedy pilot. The single-camera project centers on a Tony Award-winning mother (Megan Hilty) and a risk-averse, cerebral father who are blessed with a son who is a natural-born competitive athlete. They are forced outside their parental comfort zones and into the high-octane world of youth sports. Ramirez, repped by Don Buchwald & Assoc. and Ken Jacobson Management, will play Jose Luis one “The Three Bears” — three large men (of varying sizes) who are Irene’s gay Greek chorus. They are the one thing in the suburbs that remind Irene of her days living in Manhattan.