Casting: Corbin Bernsen, Annette O'Toole join Punisher S2; Francesca Reale recurs in Stranger Things 3; more

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Sep 3, 2019, 6:50 AM EDT (Updated)

We’ve got a bunch of casting news items for you, including casting updates for acclaimed Netflix shows The Punisher and Stranger Things, among others. So let’s get to it. 

First up, we’ve got some big casting news for Marvel’s The Punisher. Marvel Television and Netflix just announced that Corbin Bernsen and Annette O’Toole have joined the cast for the series’ second season.

Bernsen (American Gods, Psych) will play Anderson Schultz, an extremely wealthy man “who’s grown accustomed to getting his way.” Meanwhile, O’Toole (Cat People, Smallville) has been cast as Anderson’s wife, Eliza Schultz, who’s just as conniving and manipulative as her husband. So, from the way Marvel has described them, we’re guessing they’re villains…? 

“I’m very excited to have actors of this caliber and talent of Corbin and Annette joining us,” said Showrunner Steve Lightfoot in a statement. 

Jeph Loeb, executive producer and Marvel’s head of television, added that he believes audiences will enjoy Annette and Corbin “in very unexpected but perfectly cast roles.”

Annette and Corbin will join the cast that includes Josh Stewart (as John Pilgrim), Floriana Lima (Krista Dumont), and Giorgia Whigham (Amy Bendix), and Season 1 returning cast members Jon Bernthal (Frank Castle), Ben Barnes (Billy Russo), Amber Rose Revah (Dinah Madani) and Jason R. Moore (Curtis Hoyle).

Still no release date set for Season 2, but for now, all 13-episodes of the first season of Marvel’s The Punisher are now streaming on Netflix.

Now, some news on the inexplicably growing population of the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana. Francesca Reale (Hater’s Back Off) has joined the cast of the Duffer Brothers’ hit supernatural drama Stranger Things for its third season, Deadline is reporting. 

Reale will play Heather, a Hawkins Community Pool lifeguard who winds up in the middle of a dark and terrible mystery. (What is it about pools in this show that always lead to horrible things? Remember where Barb got her end?) 

Reale joins a cast that now includes Cary Elwes, aka Farm boy Westley himself, and Jake Busey, aka Gary's son.

No word yet on when Season 3 will debut (most likely in the fall). But until then, we can currently revisit the Upside Down in the form of the first two seasons on Netflix. 

(Via Deadline)

Okay, gang. Let’s leave the Midwest and return to the gritty and fantastical streets of New York. Billy Magnussen will star in Tell Me a Story, a new supernatural thriller series for CBS All Access from Kevin Williamson and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, Deadline reports. 

Written by Williamson of Scream and Dawson’s Creek fame, Tell Me a Story reimagines beloved fairy tales as dark and twisted psychological thrillers. The first season of this serialized drama interweaves “The Three Little Pigs,” “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Hansel and Gretel” into a dark and lurid story of love, greed, revenge and murder—set in modern-day New York City!

Magnussen (Game Night) plays Nick, a young high school teacher who hooks up with a young woman he meets at a nightclub. When he realizes they forgot to exchange phone numbers, Nick thinks his chances with her have gone out the window. But when he runs into her again, he makes sure to take advantage of his second chance, determined to prove that he’s sensitive, understanding, and in no way a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

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

(Via Deadline)

Finally, Oscar-winner Sam Rockwell and Grammy-winner Chance the Rapper have joined the cast of DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls 2. The actors will join returning cast members Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick to voice new characters and also sing new songs that will be featured on the movie’s soundtrack. Trolls 2 is scheduled for a Spring 2020 release.

(Via Deadline)