Casting News Round Up! Featuring - Larry David's 'Clear History', AMC’s New Legal Thriller And More

'CSI: Miami' Star Adam Rodriguez Will Play Joy Bryant's Ex In 'About Last Night' Remake

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Screen Gems is remaking the 1986 rom-com, About Last Night, with Kevin Hart and his Think Like A Man co-stars, Michael Ealy and Regina Hall, as well as Joy Bryant, all signed up to star.

And now we can add Adam Rodriguez (last seen on the big screen in Magic Mike) to the cast.

In the upcoming all-black version of the play, Hart will play the Belushi role; while Ealy will play the lead, originated by Rob Lowe.

Regina Hall will play the role originated on film by Elizabeth Perkins, the best friend, who has a love/hate relationship with Hart's character.

And finally Joy Bryant will play Demi Moore's role in the first film.

New cast member Adam Rodriguez will play Joy Bryant's former lover and colleague, who'll likely add some conflict to an already dicy stew.

Will Packer (who also produced TLAM) is producing this as well, with Steve Pink (Hot-Tub Time Machine, Bad Santa 2) directing the film update of the play.

JB Smoove Joins Cast Of Larry David's HBO Movie 'Clear History'

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It should be no surprise to anyone who's a devoted fan (like me) of Larry David's HBO comedy series, Curb Your Enthusiasm, that the show's regular supporting player JB Smoove, has joined the cast of David's HBO movie, Clear History, set to start shooting this fall in Massachussetts.

Taking a break from Enthusiasm, though there's still no word yet if the show will ever return for another season on HBO, David's film, which he co-wrote and stars in, along with Jonn Hamm, Eva Mendes, Bill Hader and Michael Keaton, centers around a company executive, who, after a peronsal and public humiliation due to a falling out with a co-exec (Hamm), retreats to a simple life with his family on an island.

However, ten years later, when Hamm arrives on the island to renovate his summer home, David uses the opportunity to finally get his revenge.

Superbad director Greg Mottola is in talks to direct the project, which originally was going to be made for Fox Seachlight, until HBO came in with a better offer and bigger budget for the film.

And as with Enthusiam, most of the film's dialogue will be improvised with the actors following the basic premise of the storyline.


Damon Gupton Takes The Lead As D.A. Adam Powell In New AMC Legal Thriller

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Damon Gupton (The Newsroom, Prime Suspect, Law & Order: Criminal Intent) has landed the lead role in AMC’s untitled Richard LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn project, described as a legal thriller with major political, personal and ethical stakes.

It centers on a district attorney named Adam Powell who uncovers new evidence that prompts the reinvestigation of a sensational murder case.

Gupton will play Adam Powell (I read that and immediately think of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.).

LaGravenese will write and executive produce alongside Goldwyn, who will direct. By the way, Goldwyn plays President Fitzgerald Grant on Shonda Rhimes' Scandal; he's a director in his own right, helming episodes of Grey's Anatomy, Damages, Private Practice, Dexter, Justified, and others.

Marin Ireland (Homeland, Mildred Pierce) is already attached to play the female lead.

Gupton's screen resume comprises primarily of TV work, and his lead casting in this new AMC project could very well be a career coup for the actor. He recently appeared on stage in Broadway's Tony Award-winning play Clybourne Park.

With Low Winter Sun (which includes Erika Alexander and Lennie James in its cast), and the hit series The Walking Dead (which will see Danai Gurira as heavy fan fave Michonne in its upcoming third season), AMC's original scripted programming lineup looks strong.

Aunjanue Ellis Joins Damon Gupton In New AMC LaGravenese / Goldwyn Legal Thriller

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It's just been announced that Aunjanue Ellis will co-star alongside Gupton in the drama, playing his wife, Billie Powell, described as a successful partner in a private equity firm and generally regarded by others as "the smartest person in the world."

LaGravenese will write and executive produce alongside Goldwyn, who will direct. By the way, Goldwyn plays President Fitzgerald Grant on Shonda Rhimes' Scandal; he's a director in his own right, helming episodes of Grey's Anatomy, Damages, Private Practice, Dexter, Justified, and others.

Ellis will next be seen in Lifetime's original movie, Abducted: The Carlina White Story.


Nonso Anozie Joins Cast Of Paramount's 'Jack Ryan'

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Nonso Anozie has joined the cast of Jack Ryan (per BlackFilm) - Paramount's upcoming action-thriller directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on the character Jack Ryan - the fictional character created by author Tom Clancy, who appears in many of his novels.

The charater has been played on screen by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, and now, Chris Pine.

The Branagh film stars Pine in the title role, in a film that's currently in porduction, with release scheduled for December 25, 2013.

Rounding out the cast are Kenneth Branagh, Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley.

No word on what role Anozie will play; let's just hope he doesn't succumb to the "brotha rule."

He was last seen in the most recent season of HBO's hit fantasy series Game Of Thrones, and next will play Samson (as in the story of Samson and Delilah) in an epic project for the History Channel here in the USA titled, The Bible.

Dorian Missick Will Play An Anesthesiologist On USA Network's 'Paging Dr. Freed'

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Dorian Missick is a busy, busy man. All good!

Missick has landed a recurring role in a comedy pilot for the USA Network titled Paging Dr. Freed, which centers on gynecologist brothers, the Freeds brothers (played by Kyle Howard and Joel David Moore), who inherit their father’s successful medical practice, while having to deal with their meddling mother (played by Annie Potts).

Missick will play an anesthesiologist and friend of the Freed brothers who attended medical school with them.

The Southland co-star can next be seen in indie features from Neil Drumming (Big Words) and Charles Murray (Things Never Said). He's also attached to writer/director Jason Gilmore's forthcoming feature film, All The Children Are Insane.

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