There's a been a flood of casting news lately. In the wake of Suits
' recent renewal and departure of two main stars, a big name has been added to the series. Likewise, House of Cards
has added two movie stars after the firing of former series lead Kevin Spacey. Elsewhere, Once Upon a Time
is seemingly preparing for another great love story -- and that's just the tip of the casting iceberg.
Suits Renewed for Season 8 -- Without Patrick J. Adams or Megan Markle>>>
Katherine Heigl Joins Suits as Series Regular
season 8 is losing Mike and Rachel but it'll be adding a familiar TV face. TVLine
reports that Katherine Heigl has been added to the cast as series regular for the recently announced season 8. The actress, known for her roles on Grey's Anatomy
and State of Affairs,
will make her first appearance in season 8.
Heigl will play Samantha Wheeler, who enters the show as a new partner at Pearson Specter Litt. The character is described as someone who "challenges the status quo and will either become the firm's greatest ally or most powerful enemy."
Grey's Anatomy Planning Transgender Arc with Candis Cayne
will continue to explore transgender issues in season 14. According to The Hollywood Reporter,
Candis Cayne, who was one of the first openly transgender actresses to play a transgender character, has been cast in Grey's Anatomy
for a multi-episode arc. Cayne will play a transgender patient who will come to Grey Sloan for a "groundbreaking" surgery.
The arc is inspired by the real-life story of Hayley Anthony. Anthony is a trans woman who helped the director of surgery at the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery come up with new procedures for vaginoplasty.
Jeff Pierre Cast as Prince Naveen on Once Upon a Time
As is typical for the series, Once Upon A Time
has remixed the story of Princess and the Frog
for the series. Yet Princess Tiana will still be meeting her prince sometime in season 7. Deadline
reports that Jeff Pierre, who has appeared on Shameless
, will play Prince Naveen, Tiana's love interest from the Disney movie.
It's unclear whether the Once Upon a Time versions of the characters will also fall in love. However, Naveen will appear in the March 9 episode of Once Upon a Time, entitled "A Taste of the Heights." The Once Upon a Time version of Naveen is described as having a fun-loving exterior but inside he's a person dealing with deep tragedy.
Archie Panjabi Returns to Blindspot
Nas Kamal will be back to ask Weller and Jane for a favor on Blindspot
. TV Insider
reports that Archie Panjabi is returning to Blindspot
for season 3. Panjabi last appeared at the end of season 2 where her character took responsibility for the failure of the NSA working with the FBI in Project Sandstorm. Punjabi will return as Kamal by asking Weller and Jane's team to go on a dangerous undercover mission for the NSA.
Glee Alum Joins Flash as New Villain
The Arrow-verse is adding another actor from Glee. The Flash and Supergirl leads, Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist, are two of the most notable Glee alums in the multiverse. However, the Arrow-verse has used various Glee actors in roles big and small, most recently with Darren Criss as the Music Meister.
According to Flash TV News
for The Flash
season 4, actor Max Adler can be added to the list of Glee
actors who have crossed over to the superhero world. Adler, who played David Karofsky on Glee
, will be playing the latest Flash
villain. Adler's Flash
character is named Jaco Birch, a seemingly original creation for the series. Birch is a heavy metal roadie who "loves to set things on fire," which does make him sound a little like Legends of Tomorrow
's Heat Wave.
Tembi Locke Lands Recurring Role on NCIS: Los Angeles
The NCIS: Los Angeles
team will have some company in season 9. Deadline
reports that Tembi Locke has been cast in a recurring role for the current season. Locke, who most recently appeared on S.W.A.T.
, will play Leigha Winters. Leigha Winters is "a powerful executive at an investment bank who assumes control after the death of the firm's head."
Evan Gamble Joins Fear the Walking Dead
The new season of Fear the Walking Dead
is adding more to its cast than Morgan from The Walking Dead
reports that Evan Gamble has been cast in a recurring role for Fear the Walking Dead
season 4. The anticipated and mysterious new season of the series will welcome Gamble as Ennis. Ennis appears to be a bit of villain for Fear the Walking Dead,
described as a rough-around-the-edges character who only looks out for himself.
Sofia Carson Joins Pretty Little Liars Spin-Off
The Pretty Little Liars
spin-off, The Perfectionists
, hasn't been ordered to series just yet. The cast, however, is starting to expand. Deadline
reports that Sofia Carson has been cast in a major role for The Perfectionists
pilot. Carson will star opposite Pretty Little Liars
alums Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish as new character Ava. There's little known about Ava other than she's a blogger who strives to be a fashion icon.
Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear Join Final Season of House of Cards
There's more cast shake-ups coming to House of Cards
the infamous ousting of Kevin Spacey. TV Guide
reports in the wake of Spacey's firing, the Netflix drama has added two big names for major roles.
Diana Lane and Greg Kinnear have joined the final season of House of Cards. There are no details about the role that either movie star will be playing. However, given both actors' statuses, the characters are bound to be rather important.
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