A brief casting news roundup after a long and spooky October: A fantasy show continues to build its enormous cast with the help of an up-and-coming CW actress, while a network TV star makes the jump to feature horror.
First off is Once Upon a Time, which grabs Tiera Skovbye as a recurring character named Robin. EW reports that this character is actually Robin Jr., grown daughter of Sean Maguire’s Robin Hood and Rebecca Mader’s Zelena. Mader, who is herself returning to the series this season after debuting in its third, will bring her in-show daughter along for the ride. The pair's chemistry should be an important point for the show to handle as it (re)introduces the mother-daughter combo.
Skovbye is more than up for the task. She has recently been running through the soap opera twist handbook, as Polly Cooper on Riverdale, with enough craft that she should easily be able to hang with the veterans on the ABC drama.
Upon her debut in the seventh season’s 10th episode, she’ll be a plucky rebel, tired of her famous parents’ shadows, and -- as reported by TVLine -- be romantically involved with another character.
Second but certainly not in importance, Chrissy Metz, one of TV’s most recent breakouts with NBC’s family drama This Is Us, lands the lead in the Canadian indie horror film The Will O Wisp. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Metz will be working with writer/director Evan Cooper, whose horror short The Armoire has been playing in multiple film festivals.
The Will O Wisp, “described as Signs meets Misery,” focuses on a Montana man lured into the woods by mysterious lights. Metz, after supporting actress Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, will attempt to bring the same skill to her (almost certainly villainous) role as a nurse in the film. Misery, indeed.