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Casting: Jennifer Esposito joins The Boys; The Addams Family gets an Eighth Grade voice; more

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Aug 31, 2018

The Boys, Amazon’s upcoming live-action adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s comic books about overpowered, entitled superheroes, just made a key addition to what already was shaping up to be a terrific cast.

Deadline reports that Jennifer Esposito (Crash, NCIS) has signed on to appear in five episodes of The Boys' first season as CIA Agent Susan Raynor. In the comics, Raynor does for the team what Nick Fury essentially does for S.H.I.E.L.D. — tells everybody when they’re needed and where to go.

The Boys is set in a world where superheroes’ fame entices them toward corruption and abuse of power, so the government forms a super black ops team of its own ("The Boys") to keep watch over the bad guys.

Exec-produced by the same Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg pairing that’s made Preacher such a hit for AMC, The Boys already has an impressive ensemble cast featuring Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Elisabeth Shue, Erin Moriarty, Dominique McElligott, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara, Antony Starr, Jesse T. Usher, and Nathan Mitchell.

Season 1 of The Boys is expected to land at Amazon sometime in 2019.


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MGM’s animated reboot of The Addams Family just added a new voice to its growing cast of killer vocal talent ahead of the movie's premiere next fall. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade) has just joined the project as the voice of Parker Needler, daughter of Margaux Needler — the film’s antagonist, who'll be voiced by Allison Janney.

The new-look version of The Addams Family already has assembled a top-tier voice cast, led by Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron as Gomez and Morticia Addams, along with Chloë Grace Moretz (Wednesday), Finn Wolfhard (Pugsley), Nick Kroll (Uncle Fester), and Bette Midler (Grandmama).

Directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan, The Addams Family is slated to hit theaters on Oct. 11 of next year — just in time for ghouling season.


Finally, Apple’s upcoming, untitled space series from Sony Pictures Television and Battlestar Galactica‘s Ronald D. Moore has added a trio of new cast members to join Joel Kinnaman (Altered Carbon), Michael Dorman (The Patriot), and Sarah Jones (Damnation), who boarded the project earlier in August.

Deadline reports that Eric Ladin (Six), Arturo del Puerto (The Last Ship), and Rebecca Wisocky (Devious Maids) all have signed on for recurring roles in the drama series. Pitched as an alternate-history view of what the world might be like if the U.S. and other nations were still locked in a 1960s-style space race, the show stars Kinnaman as a top astronaut named Edward Baldwin, while Jones and Dorman will play a husband-and-wife astronaut duo.

As for the reported newcomers, Ladin will play mission control head Gene Kranz, del Puerto will play Octavio Rosales, “an immigrant looking for a better life for his family,” and Wisocky will play Marge Slayton, wife of the program’s leader.

No release date for the project has been announced. 


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