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Casting: Fantasy Island shipwrecks Michael Rooker; Daniel Zovatto joins Penny Dreadful; more

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Jan 18, 2019

From a genre-friendly return for fan favorite Guardians of the Galaxy and The Walking Dead star Michael Rooker to some fresh casting intel for the Penny Dreadful companion series, there's a lot to see in today's casting roundup.

The horror-oriented Fantasy Island movie has added four new members to its cast, SYFY WIRE has confirmed.

Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy), Charlotte McKinney (Flatliners), Parisa Fitz-Henley (Luke Cage), and Austin Stowell (Catch 22) will be joining the ensemble crew which already includes Michael Peña, Lucy Hale, Maggie Q, Portia Doubleday, Jimmy O. Yang, and Ryan Hansen.

Fantasy Island casting

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Based on the '70s-era TV show, the movie will center around a mysterious island run by Mr. Roarke (Peña), a man who can grant anyone's deepest wishes for a price. As with any pop culture wishes, the results often come with an ironic price tag. In the original series (1977-1984), Roarke was played by the late Ricardo Montalbán.

Directed and co-written by Jeff Wadlow (Truth or Dare), Fantasy Island is slated to open in theaters February 28, 2020. Jason Blum is producing the feature with Sony. Principal photography kicks off this coming Monday, Jan. 21, in Fiji.


Over at Showtime, the companion series to Penny Dreadful, sub-titled "City of Angels," just recruited Daniel Zovatto, writes Deadline. The actor is known for playing Jack Kipling on Fear the Walking Dead.

Set in Depression-era Los Angeles, City of Angels will blend American and Mexican mythologies to explore things like race and religion. Zovatto is reportedly playing the main protagonist, Tiago, the first Mexican-American detective in the LAPD.

Daniel Zovatto

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Created by John Logan, the first three seasons of the original series (named for turn-of-the-century pulp magazines in Britain) followed the London-based supernatural exploits of Vanessa Ives (Eva Green), Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton), and Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett).


Last on today's genre casting roster is Riverdale star Madelaine Petsch, who is set to star in the horror/comedy mashup film Clare at 16, Deadline also writes. Petsch is also acting as an executive producer for the project, which is an adaption of Don Roff's upcoming novel.

Madelaine Petsch

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The movie will focus on a young orphan girl, Clare, who lives with her grandparents and must protect her town from herself. You see, under the surface of Clare's innocent Catholic schoolgirl is a murderous serial killer persona. With audiences falling in love with Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix, this feature looks like the perfect thing to piggyback on that show's success.

Mark Pavia, who adapted Stephen King's The Night Flier in 1997, will write and direct.


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