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Casting: Justin Theroux in talks for Lady and the Tramp; Jason Scott Lee joins Mulan; more

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Jul 26, 2018

In this edition of SYFY WIRE’s casting roundup, the casts for Starz’ The Rook, Disney’s Mulan & Lady and the Tramp, and Freeform’s Siren continue to grow.  

First up, Shelley Conn (Liar) and James D’Arcy (Agent Carter) have been cast in recurring roles in Starz’s new paranormal spy thriller series The Rookopposite Emma Greenwell, Joely Richardson, and Olivia Munn, a spokesperson for Starz has confirmed. 

Based on Daniel O'Malley’s 2012 supernatural spy thriller of the same name, The Rook follows the adventures of Myfanwy Thomas (Greenwell) after she wakes up on a park bench in London with amnesia and learns she's an agent for a secret organization that fights off otherworldly threats.

Conn will play Danielle Wulff, a high-level operative responsible for creating elaborate cover stories to obscure her agency’s role in the shaping of global politics. D’Arcy, meanwhile, will portray Dr. Andrew Bristol, an agency operative in forced retirement who has a key to Myfawny’s past.

Production for the series is underway in London and is set to air on Starz in the U.S. in 2019 and then across Liberty Global’s international platforms. Lionsgate is handling worldwide distribution. Twilight author Stephenie Meyer and The Night Manager‘s Stephen Garrett are executive producers. Kari Skogland (The Handmaid’s Tale, Power) will direct the pilot episode.


Next, the cast of Disney’s live-action adaptation of its animated hit Mulan continues to grow. Following the news that the Niki Caro-helmed film will feature Donnie Yen and Jet Li, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Jason Scott Lee, star of Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, has now joined the Mulan cast as one of the film’s villains. 

Lee will play Bori Khan, a warrior leader intent on avenging his father's death. He has previously starred in such Disney fare as the 1994 live-action The Jungle Book and the 2002 animated Lilo & Stitch.

Liu Yifei, Yoson An, Ron Yuan, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Xana Tang, and Chum Ehelepola round out the cast.

Mulan is scheduled to hit theaters on March 27, 2020.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)  


Speaking of Disney remakes, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Justin Theroux (The Leftovers) is in talks to star in the live-action/CGI hybrid remake of Disney’s animated classic Lady and the Tramp. Theroux is in final negotiations to voice the Tramp, while Disney is still looking for its Lady.  

Charlie Bean (The Lego Ninjago Movie) will direct a script written by indie filmmaker Andrew Bujalski (Computer Chess). Although there’s no release date set, the film is reported to be part of Disney’s upcoming streaming service that will launch in 2019.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)


Garcelle Beauvais

Garcelle Beauvais (Courtesy of Freeform)

And finally, Garcelle Beauvais has joined the cast of Siren, Freeform's dark fantasy series about mermaids, for Season 2 in a recurring role, the series announced

Kind of like the anti-Splash, or the anti-Little Mermaid, Siren is set in the coastal town of Bristol Cove, known for its legend of once being home to mermaids. When a strange young woman (Eline Powell) appears and starts wreaking havoc on the small fishing town, a team of marine biologists (Alex Roe and Fola Evans-Akingbola) investigate what she is, how she got there, and more importantly, whether there are more like her.

Garcelle plays Susan Bishop, Maddie’s (Evans-Akingbola) mom and Dale’s (Gil Birmingham) wife, who has abandoned her family for the past 10 months. She’s back in Bristol Cove to make amends.

Production on Siren’s second season began in Vancouver today and is set to air on Freeform in 2019.  


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