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Casting: Roswell lands its lead; Umbrella Academy and Greatest American Hero add regulars

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Feb 16, 2018

Another day, another round of casting announcements for all of your soon-to-be new favorite shows. In the heat of pilot season, we've got new names added to Roswell, The Umbrella Academy, and The Greatest American Hero.

The CW's Roswell reboot has had a big week. In addition to adding Julie Plec (The Originals, The Vampire Diaries) as helmer and executive producer of the recently ordered pilot, the show has now found its lead in Jeanine Mason (Grey’s Anatomy, So You Think You Can Dance). According to The Wrap, Mason (pictured above) will play Liz Ortecho, biomedical researcher and daughter of undocumented parents who returns to her hometown of Roswell, New Mexico. There she discovers the true identity of an old crush and a government-sponsored alien cover-up.

Elsewhere in the casting world, Netflix's upcoming TV adaptation of Gerard Way's The Umbrella Academy has added four new members to the already stellar cast of superheroes that make up this dysfunctional family. According to Deadline, Colm Feore (House of Cards) will play the role of Sir Reginald Hargreeves, the eccentric billionaire who adopts the mysterious children; Cameron Britton (Mindhunter) will play a time-traveling hitman named Hazel; Adam Godley (Breaking Bad), through voiceover and motion-capture technology, will play Pogo, the chimpanzee companion of Hargreeves; and Ashley Madekwe (Revenge) will play recurring character Detective Patch, who works to solve crimes throughout the city.

And lastly (for now), ABC's half-hour reboot of The Greatest American Hero will follow 30-year-old Meera (Hannah Simone) as she struggles to find meaning in her life when she's given a super suit she must use to protect the world. According to Deadline, Shoniqua Shandai (Bodied) has been added to the sitcom's cast as Tawnia Nichols "office manager and resident gossip" where Meera works. The upcoming reboot is a gender-flipped take on the original show which aired from 1981-83.

What do you think about these latest casting decisions?


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