Grace Byers

Casting: Empire actress joins The Gifted, The Originals star leads Kevin Williamson thriller

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Jun 6, 2018

An Empire alum is joining the cast of The Gifted; and a star from The Originals will lead Kevin Williamson’s latest CBS All Access show. So why don’t we dive right in?

Grace Byers will join the cast of Fox’s The Gifted for its second season, Marvel has announced. The former Empire actress will play Reeva, which Marvel is describing as a smart, charming and authoritative woman “who is ruthless in her efforts to fight for her people.” 

In the show that connected to the X-Men film series (sort of), Reeva is the leader of an elite band of followers, and although she has a soft spot for her new recruits, she’s still capable of committing extreme acts of violence to defend her vision. Reeva will team up with Polaris (Emma Dumont), Andy Strucker (Percy Hynes White) and the Frost sisters (Skyler Samuels) in the “Inner Circle,” following the events that occurred at the end of Season 1.

Season 2 of The Gifted will return to Fox this fall.


Danielle Campbell

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Meanwhile, Deadline is reporting that Danielle Campbell has been cast as one of the three leads in CBS All Access’ upcoming psychological thriller from Kevin Williamson and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, Tell Me a Story.

Written by The Vampire Diaries co-creator and Scream scribe Williamson, Tell Me a Story takes well-known fairy tales and reimagines them as dark psychological thrillers set in modern day New York City. The first season will interweave “The Three Little Pigs,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “Hansel and Gretel” into a twisted tale of love, loss, greed, revenge and murder.

Campbell will play Kayla, who has just moved to New York from Oakland with her dad. After losing her mother a year ago, she has started hanging with the wrong crowd and partying hard to distract herself from the pain of her mother’s death.

Campbell is best known for her role as Davina Claire on The CW’s series The Originals, a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries. Billy Magnussen and Kim Catrall (Sex and the City, Big Trouble in Little China) are also set to star. Magnussen plays Nick, a high school teacher who hooks up with, then later hunts down, a young woman he meets at a nightclub (we're guessing Kayla, but we don’t currently know for sure), while Catrall plays Kayla’s grandmother.

Williamson executive produces with Kapital’s Kaplan and Dana Honor. Liz Friedlander (Conviction) will direct and executive produce the first two episodes.

(Via Deadline)