Sakina Jaffrey, a series regular on NBC’s new drama Timeless, is in final talks to join the cast of Fox’s Red Sparrow, the Francis Lawrence-directed spy thriller that stars Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts and Jeremy Irons. Based on Jason Matthews’ novel, the feature follows Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova (Lawrence), who is drafted against her will to become a Sparrow, a trained seductress. Jaffrey will play Trish Forsythe, station commander of the CIA office in Helsinki, Finland. Filming is underway for the project, which Chernin Entertainment is producing. Fox will release it in theaters November 10. Jaffrey’s credits include House of Cards and Mr. Robot. She is repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency, Authentic Management and Shreck Rose.
Canadian actor Bill Marchant has boarded the Tony Dean Smith-directed sci-fi thriller Volition, which Smith co-wrote with his brother Ryan W. Smith. The feature is about a clairvoyant man who tries to change his fate when a series of events leads to a vision of his own murder. The Smith Brothers will produce the film in partnership with Paly Productions, with filming slated to begin in the spring. Marchant’s acting credits include Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie, the CW’s The 100 and CBC’s Strange Empire.