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Casting roundup: Fear the Walking Dead, Miracle Workers, The Kitchen announce new additions

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Nov 14, 2017

Today's casting roundup is made up of names both new and old to the sci-fi genre, including one mega-fan who's getting the opportunity to join one of his favorite shows.

First up, it was confirmed that The Gifted's Garret Dillahunt (shown above) will be brought into the apocalyptic fold as a new cast member on Fear the Walking Dead. The prequel series is getting ready to head into its fourth season. Dillahunt had previously (albeit unsuccessfully) lobbied for the role of Negan on The Walking Dead, which eventually went to Jeffrey Dean Morgan. However, Dillahunt later tweeted that he would love to play another role on the series at some point in the future. As of now, Dillahunt's role on Fear the Walking Dead remains unknown, but he's being billed as a season regular for the upcoming season.

TBS anthology series Miracle Workers, which is currently set to star Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe as well as Steve Buscemi, has also added some new names to its roster for the new workplace comedy. Set in Heaven, the show revolves around an angel named Craig (Radcliffe) who has the responsibility of handling all of humanity's prayers while God (Buscemi) is slacking off on the job. Three new cast members have been added on, per Deadline, and their characters all have different Heaven-sent duties to fill.

Eggplant Emoji's Geraldine Viswanathan will play Eliza, an angel/employee of Heaven who gets upgraded from working in the prayer mail room to the Department of Prayer Response. She's so eager to do well in her new job that she decides to take on one of the more serious prayer requests, which leads to some pretty disastrous results. Baywatch's Jon Bass has been cast in the role of Sam, a lonely and self-conscious young man who prays to God to help him land the girl of his dreams. And Deadpool's Karan Soni (Deadpool's cab driver, Dopinder) will play God's man Friday, who basically winds up being a handler for the deity and doing his best to appease God on a regular basis in their daily briefings.

Finally, Girls Trip's Tiffany Haddish, fresh off making history as the first black female comedian to host Saturday Night Live, is going the genre route with one of her first new projects: a film adaptation based on a Vertigo graphic novel. According to Variety, Haddish is in negotiations to join the ensemble cast of The Kitchen. Set in the 1970s world of New York City, The Kitchen tells the story of the mob wives who take over the business after their husbands are locked up in prison -- who then run things even more ruthlessly. Straight Outta Compton screenwriter Andrea Berloff will be penning the script and is also slated to direct the film, which is based on the 2014 Vertigo series by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle.