First up, Rebel Wilson has joined the cast of the feature adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats for Universal and Working Title. According to Deadline, which first broke the news, the actress will play the old Gumbie cat Jennyanydots who has a reputation for being lazy. How this is different from the reputation of literally every and any other cat we do not know.
By day, Jennyanydots sits and sleeps in sunbeams. But by night, she bakes and fries, and teaches the mice “knitting, crocheting and tatting.” She also employs the cockroaches to be her troop of helpful boy scouts.
Wilson joins a huge ensemble that includes Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden, Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, Idris Elba, and Royal Ballet Principal Dancers Steven McRae and Francesca Hayward.
Cats is slated for a December 20, 2019 theatrical release.
Next, Deadly Class, SYFY's adaptation of Rick Remender and Wesley Craig's comic book series, has gained two new cast members, our corporate (yet benevolent) overlords have confirmed. David Zayas (Dexter) and Kelcey Mawema (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before) are set to recur on the series.
Zayas will play El Alma Del Diablo, Chico’s father and leader of the Mexican cartel. Mawema, meanwhile, will play Gabrielle, who tries to persuade Willie that perhaps studying at a school that trains assassins may not be the right fit for him.
Executive-produced by Avengers: Infinity War directors the Russo Brothers, Deadly Class is set in the late 1980s and follows Marcus (Benjamin Wadsworth), a homeless teenager who is recruited into an elite private school for assassins. But as the new kid at Kings Dominion, which is populated by the children of organized crime families, Marcus will have to juggle fitting in at a new school with surviving warring, murderous schoolmates. So, y’know, just like a regular high school — only a touch more intense.
Deadly Class premiers January 16 on SYFY.
Next, Jaime Camil, who plays Rogelio De La Vega on The CW's Jane the Virgin will guest star in an upcoming episode of another The CW series, Charmed. Per a report from Deadline, Camil will play Mr. Morales, the new music director of Hillowne University’s a cappella group, The Hilltones.
Mr. Morales is described as “brash and eccentric” whose “commanding presence and devotion to technique make him the perfect person to ready The Hilltones for their next killer performance.” He’s also apparently “never seen without his hauntingly ornate pitch pipe.” Okay, that's an...oddly specific detail to point out. So, we shall then pay attention to the pipe when we watch the episode.
The CW announced earlier this month that it ordered nine more episodes for Charmed, bringing the episode count for its debut season up to 22.