For this edition of SYFY WIRE’s casting roundup, HBO’s Watchmen, AMC's N0S4A2, and Netflix’s Raising Dion have each added three new cast members. Plus, Rebecca Ferguson is joining that Shining sequel. So, let’s dive right in, shall we?
First up, we’ve got more casting news for Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen pilot for HBO. The network has confirmed that Tom Mison (Sleepy Hollow), Frances Fisher (Titanic), and Jacob Ming-Trent (Superfly) have joined the cast. Not surprisingly, no details about what roles the actors are playing have been provided.
Based very, very loosely on the massively influential comic book miniseries by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Watchmen is set in an alternate history where “superheroes" are treated as outlaws. Lindelof has said that the upcoming series will attempt to be its own original story while jumping off from the original comic.
This news comes hot off the heels of the announcement that Jeremy Irons has joined the cast as “an aging and imperious lord of a British manor.”
Mison, Fisher, Ming-Trent, and Irons join a cast that includes Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, and Andrew Howard. The more we hear about this cast, the more excited we are to watch the Watchmen.
Next, AMC has cast three regulars for its upcoming adaptation of Joe Hill’s novel NOS4A2. Deadline is reporting that Olafur Darri Olafsson (Lady Dynamite), Virginia Kull (The Looming Tower), and Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Punisher) have signed on for the new supernatural horror show.
NOS4A2 centers on Vic McQueen, a young, working-class artist who must track down and defeat Charlie Manx, a seemingly immortal being who feeds off the souls of children, then deposits what’s left of them into Christmasland, a twisted village where it’s Christmas every day and unhappiness is against the law. (Shudder.)
Olafsson will play Bing Partridge, a hard worker with a mysterious past and an impressionable mind. Kull is Linda McQueen, Vic’s tough mom, determined to protect her daughter. Moss-Bachrach portrays Chris McQueen, Vic’s charming, working-class dad with a drinking problem and a deep love for his daughter.
NOS4A2 will premiere with 10 episodes in 2019.
Meanwhile, Netflix has announced that it has added more to the cast of its Michael B. Jordan-produced superhero family drama Raising Dion. Ja’Siah Young, Alisha Wainwright, and Jazmyn Simon have all joined a cast that includes Jordan and Jason Ritter.
The series follows Nicole Reese, a widowed African-American mother raising her son Dion after the death of her husband Mark (Jordan). As if raising a child as a single mom isn’t challenging enough, Dion starts to display several superhero-like abilities. Nicole must keep her son’s powers a secret and protect Dion from those wanting to exploit him, all while figuring out how he received his powers.
Young will star as the eponymous Dion Reese, a curious, playful, and intelligent 7-year-old boy who's learning he has some very special abilities—such as being able to move things with his mind. Wainwright (Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments) will play Nicole Reese, a former professional dancer who gave up her career to raise her son Dion after her husband Mark died. Simon will play Kat, a surgical resident and Nicole’s sister.
The series is based on commercial and music video director Dennis Liu’s short film about an African-American single mother who discovers her young son has multiple, constantly changing abilities. Raising Dion comes from Liu, Jordan, showrunner Carol Barbee, Kenny Goodman, writer-producer Michael Green, and Charles D. King’s MACRO.
Seith Mann, co-creator, director, and executive producer of The Breaks, will direct the pilot and executive produce.
Finally, Redrum! REDRUM! Variety is reporting that Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible - Fallout) is in talks to star in Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Stephen King's novel, Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining. Details about Ferguson's role were not available.
Ewan McGregor is already on board to star as an adult version of Danny Torrance, who is now in his mid-40s and struggling with the same alcoholism issues that consumed his father, Jack Torrance. Since getting sober revives his long-dormant psychic powers, Danny decides to put them to good use by working with terminally ill hospice patients. But after bonding with a young girl who also possess the same "shining" power, Danny learns that there are people out there with similar gifts that want the girl dead.
Mike Flanagan (Before I Wake, Ouija: Origin of Evil) is set to direct.