TV Casting News
The Killing's Billy Campbell Joins Dystopian Drama Delirium
As if the Young Adult adaptation weren't already taking over the entertainment world (The Hunger Games, Beautiful Creatures), FOX is picking up Lauren Oliver's dystopian YA book Delirium for pilot season, with The Killing's Billy Campbell on board for a significant role. The series follows a rebellious teen (Emma Roberts) who falls in love -- unfortunately, she lives in a world where love is an illegal emotion that is removed through a specific medical procedure. Campbell plays Thomas Fineman, an upper-crust fellow who fully endorses the absence of love. I love Billy Campbell as much as the next Rocketeer fan, but yet another 1984 ripoff makes me yawn.
NBC's Dracula Finds Its Van Helsing
If the YA craze doesn't do it for you, how about some more vampires? With Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors) and Jessica De Gouw (Arrow) on board as Dracula and Mina respectively, Thomas Kretschmann (The River) has signed on as Abraham Van Helsing in the period thriller. But instead of a dedicated vampire hunter, Van Helsing will be something of a nefarious professor with delusions of grandeur. What's this, a twist? Could Dracula be the good guy this time around?
Since Pan Am didn't quite "pan" out for Christina Ricci (see what I did there?), NBC has tapped the actress to star in the comedy pilot Girlfriend in a Coma, based on Douglas Coupland's novel. Having just woken from a long coma, Ricci's character, unaware that was pregnant to begin with, will learn that she has a teen daughter. I've always enjoyed Ricci from way back in the Addams Family days, so I hope this totally weird premise catches on for her.
Lost fans who have grieved the loss of seeing uber-hunk Josh Holloway grace their screens once a week can breathe a sigh of relief: Holloway will star in the CBS thriller pilot Intelligence, based on John Dixon's unpublished novel Dissident. Holloway plays Gabriel Black, a U.S. Cyber Command agent with special electromagnetic abilities thanks to a microchip in his brain. And just in case you were wondering, no, this sounds absolutely nothing like Chuck. No similarities at all there.