Lucas Hedges & Penn Badgley Join ‘The Slap’ Miniseries On NBC; ‘Full Circle’ Sets Cast

UPDATED: NBC’s The Slap is rounding out its cast. Lucas Hedges (Kill The Messenger) has signed on as a regular and Penn Badgley (Gossip Girl) is set as a recurring in the 8-episode miniseries starring Peter Sarsgaard and Mary Louise-Parker. Based on the 2011 Australian short-run series, The Slap is described as a complex family drama that explodes from one small incident where a man slaps another couple’s misbehaving child. This seemingly minor domestic dispute pulls the family apart, begins to expose long-held secrets and ignites a lawsuit that challenges the core American values of all who are pulled into it.

Hedges, repped by Paradigm and Anonymous Content, will play Ritchie, Connie’s (Makenzie Leigh) good friend who accompanies her to Hector’s birthday party. He is given the task of monitoring the kids’ baseball game, apologizing profusely when all hell breaks loose. Badgley will play Jamie, Anouk’s (Parker) 25-year-old boyfriend.

Terry O’Quinn (Lost), Stacy Keach (Nebraska), Chris Bauer (True Blood), Rita Wilson (Girls, The Good Wife), Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect), Patrick Fugit (Gone Girl), David Koechner (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), Calista Flockhart (Brothers And Sisters), Eric McCormack (Perception) and Kate Burton (Scandal) are set for the second season of DirecTV’s drama series Full Circle. From screenwriter/playwright Neil LaBute, Full Circle examines the human condition and relationships through a series of conversations between people whose lives, unbeknownst to them, are intertwined.

The new season centers on Jimmy Parerra (O’Quinn), a Chicago cop who, 18 years ago, inspired by Frank Serpico’s similar act in NYC, blew the whistle on police corruption in Chicago, which resulted in sending his own father-in-law, Bud O’Rourke (Keach), the Chief of Detectives, to federal prison for life. Full Circle will air on DirecTV’s Audience in Spring 2015.


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