Casting News Round Up! Featuring - Baggage Claim, Ice Cream Girls and Grey's

Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Lauren London, Tia Mowry, Djimon Hounsou For 'Baggage Claim'

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Shadow and Act has learned that Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Trey Songz, Lauren London, Tia Mowry and Djimon Hounsou are all in contention for parts playwright/director David E. Talbert's rom-com, Baggage Claim, for Fox Searchlight, based on his best-selling debut novel about a flight attendant with thirty days and thirty thousand miles to find a husband.

The film already boasts Paula Patton, Derek Luke, and Octavia Spencer as cast members, with Patton playing our husband-seeking flight attendant; we aren't privy to what roles have been assigned to other cast members (Diggs, Chestnut, Songz, London, Mowry and Hounsou, assuming they sign on to join the cast; as well as the already cast Luke and Spencer).

Maybe those who've read the novel can make some guesses.

Here's the synopsis for Baggage Claim:

Pledging to keep herself from being the oldest and the only woman in her entire family never to wed, Montana embarks on a thirty-day, thirty-thousand-mile expedition to charm a potential suitor into becoming her fiancé. Whom will she choose? Damon Diesel, a P. Diddy wannabe; Reverend Curtis P. Merewether, pastor of Greater House of Deliverance, Tabernacle of Praise, Worship, and Miracles; pompous attorney-turned-councilman Langston Jefferson Battle III; or Quinton Jamison, a multimillionaire who's twenty years her senior?

We can assume that 4 of the 5 mentioned actors (Luke, as well as Diggs, Chestnut, Songz and Hounsou, if cast) could play any one of those 4 potential suitors as described in the synopsis, for Montana.

Call it the Think Like A Man effect; a project once thought to be dead 2 years ago, is given new life this year, after Think Like A Man shocked at the box office.

We may be seeing a revival of sorts of that late 1990s, early 2000s period in which we saw a rush of black rom-coms in circulation.

The cast should be finalized very soon, as the project is scheduled to begin principal photography in October.


Lorraine Burroughs, Dona Croll Starring In ITV Drama 'Ice Cream Girls'

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Filming is currently underway in Dublin for the ITV dramatic adaptation of the international best selling novel, The Ice Cream Girls, published in 2010 by writer Dorothy Koomson.
Left Bank Pictures is producing.

From ITV:

"Lorraine Burroughs (DCI Banks, Lip Service, Spooks) and Jodhi May (The Scapegoat, The Jury, Strike Back) will play the lead roles of Serena Gorringe and Poppy Carlisle.

The story follows two vulnerable teenage girls, who in the summer of 1995 are accused of murdering their schoolteacher. For seventeen years, the two girls are forced to go their separate ways and lead very different lives. But now in 2013, they are forced to confront each other and their dark, shared history.

While the drama plays out in the present, the events of that fateful summer unfold in flashback sequences. Had it not been for Serena’s teacher, Marcus, (played by Martin Compston), the two girls from very different backgrounds, might never have met.

With a lawyer for a mother (Rachel, played by Dona Croll), Serena appears to be from the right side of the tracks; pretty and popular with a bright future. Poppy, on the other hand, has never had the opportunities Serena takes for granted, and struggles through life with a disapproving stepfather who doesn’t want her around.

Fast-forward to modern day. Serena is now married to GP Evan and they have their own 15-year-old daughter Vee. They are back in the same seaside town for the first time, as they care for Serena’s dying mother.

Poppy is living in quite different circumstances. Having served seventeen years for a crime she still insists she didn’t commit, she has only one thing on her mind… the truth. And if she didn’t kill Marcus, then who did?"

Burroughs was recently seen in this summer's Fast Girls, co-starring, and co-written by Noel Clarke.


Adina Porter ('True Blood,' 'Newsroom') Will Treat Plane Crash Survivors In 'Grey's Anatomy'

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Adina Porter (Lettie Mae Thornton in True Blood, and Kendra James Newsroom) will guest-star in the upcoming new season (its 9th) of Shonda Rhimes' ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy, playing Dr. Ramsey, "a doctor at the Boise hospital who treats the survivors of the plane crash that has already claimed at least one life."

Porter (who has also appeared in Rhimes' Private Practice) will appear in the second episode of the season, titled, Remember the Time, which will includes flashbacks to the site of the plane crash.

Fans of the series will understand what that is.

Grey's Anatomy returns for season 9 on Thursday, September 27 at 9 pm on ABC; and of course, it'll be immediately followed by the season 2 premiere of Scandal.

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