Casting roundup: The End of the World As We Know It and a Futuristic Zorro add actresses

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Feb 22, 2018

Two oddball properties coming your way soon have just added some acting talent you won’t want to miss. One’s about aliens, and ... well, the other one might have aliens too. And Zorro.

First off is one of The CW’s many pilots for next year’s extended docket, The End of the World as We Know It.

From the creative team behind Powerless (Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker) and based on the book by Iva-Marie Palmer, the show is a Lilo & Stitch-style romp with alien prisoners landing on a hilariously unsuitable part of Earth for them. Two millennials find themselves recruited by the space police to help track down the disguised UF-NOs: Kate (Gage Golightly) and Ruby (Quinta Brunson), both of whom have been recently announced.

Golightly has been a Red Oaks staple, and her appearance alongside Burnson—whose background is being a writer/director/actor triple threat for a crazy amount of digital content like BuzzFeed Motion Pictures, Instagram, YouTube Red, Facebook Watch, and Verizon’s go90—bodes well for a comedically balanced duo.

The character of Kate is a struggling actress (it’s L.A., duh) looking to play a hero, while Ruby’s a scatterbrained savant from MIT. Both are in dead-end gigs that are significantly less cool than hunting aliens.

Speaking of aliens, Jonás Cuarón’s Zorro film Z supposedly gives a futuristic spin to the classic swashbuckler.

Alongside star Gael Garcia Bernal will be Kiersey Clemons—who’s also cast to play Iris West in the standalone Flash movie from DC. Bernal and Clemons’ bona fides should hopefully keep near-future Zorro from seeming too silly (and hopefully they also hunt alien criminals).