Tons of casting news! I’m only spending a sentence on each; click the links to learn more about each item.
Disney Channel and Disney XD are holding casting calls looking for diversity!
Marisol Nichols joins Criminal Minds
As I wrote in my NBC casting scorecard, Brian Tee is now a Chicago Med cast member
Benicio Del Toro might be a villain for Star Wars: Episode VIII
Mekia Cox and Aurora Perrineau have joined Secrets and Lies and Blood & Oil, respectively. Charlie Barnett also joins Secrets and Lies
Tyler Perry puts on his acting hat again and has joined the cast of Brain on Fire
The Roots revival now has Questlove as its music producer
Jimmy Akingbola has joined Arrow as Baron Reiter/Baron Blitzkrieg
LeBron James has signed an “unprecedented” agreement with Warner Bros. for TV, film and digital projects.
Shannyn Sossamon and Lance Gross have joined Sleepy Hollow as Pandora and Abbie’s Quantico boss, respectively.
Kendrick Sampson has joined How to Get Away with Murder
Samira Wiley will star in film based on the 1964 murder of Kitty Genovese
Will Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment will produce high school comedy Ultra
Ludacris has joined the cast of Empire
Jay Z, Will Smith and Aaron Kaplan are spearheading an HBO miniseries on Emmett Till
Michael Beach joins The 100
John Legend and his Get Lifted production company will executive produce Underground
Issa Rae’s HBO comedy is now casting!
Naomi Campbell has joined American Horror Story
Will Packer sells his Atlanta-based drama to NBC
Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige will play the Wiz and the Wicked Witch of the West, respectfully, in The Wiz. I said I’d only have a sentence for each of these, and I don’t want to deny Blige her paycheck, but can Blige handle singing “Don’t Nobody Bring Me No Bad News”? I mean, Mabel King was a powerhouse singer. I’m just sayin’.
Lupita Nyong’o will star in Dania Gurira’s Libera civil war-set dramatic play Eclipsed.
Wyatt Cenac will star in TBS’ alien comedy
Archie Panjabi joins Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Starz develops Havana-set drama with Antonio Banderas
Ludacris and Gina Rodriguez join Josh Peck hosting the Teen Choice Awards