The Walking Dead has found its Beta, Supergirl continues to beef up its roster, and Gary Oldman's upcoming thriller Mary reveals a new cast member — they're all in today's roundup of the latest casting news.
As the world of The Walking Dead continues to expand, so does the call sheet. The latest addition, as first reported by The Wrap, is Ryan Hurst in the recurring role of Beta, the second in command for the Whisperers, a villainous group who make their debut in the upcoming ninth season of the AMC series. Their (stomach-turning) trademark characteristic in the comic books is wearing walker skins as a way to avoid detection by the undead.
Beta will (naturally) report to Alpha, to be played by Samantha Morton (as announced last month at San Diego Comic-Con). The character first appeared in issue No. 154 of Robert Kirkman's Image Comics series.
Hurst is best known for the role of Opie on FX's biker drama Sons of Anarchy and also appeared in several episodes of the Psycho prequel Bates Motel.
Khary Payton, who plays Ezekiel, welcomed Hurst to the TWD Family on Monday:
The Walking Dead returns on Oct. 7, though it's not clear precisely when Beta and the Whisperers will make their on-screen debut.
The halls of the Department of Extra-Normal Operations are going to be crowded this fall. According to Deadline, Anthony Konechny has joined Supergirl 's fourth season with a recurring role as "Agent Jensen, a DEO agent recruited by Alex (Chyler Leigh) who struggles to find his footing at the DEO." Konechny, who appeared in X-Men: Apocalypse and the 2014 Godzilla film, was a series regular on Fox's futuristic cop drama Almost Human.
Already featuring an expansive roster (despite the departures of Jeremy Jordan as DEO tech wiz Winn and Chris Wood as Legion of Super-Heroes leader Mon-El), The CW's Supergirl has announced several new cast additions this summer, including Bruce Boxleitner as the vice president, Rhona Mitra as Mercy Graves (former bodyguard for Lex Luthor), and Nicole Maines as Nia Nal, aka Dreamer, TV's first transgender superhero.
Supergirl moves to Sunday nights this fall, with Season 4 premiering on Oct. 14.
Though she filmed her role back in April, it was just revealed that Jennifer Esposito is starring in the upcoming supernatural thriller Mary. The Wrap reports that the former Blue Bloods star is on board for the 2019 release. Oscar winner Gary Oldman stars in the film, which is being directed by Michael Goi, a frequent American Horror Story cinematographer and director.
Per The Wrap, "Mary centers on a struggling family that buys an old ship at auction with high hopes of starting a charter business, only to discover her horrifying secrets once in isolated open waters."
Esposito, a prolific TV actress, was an original cast member of Blue Bloods, spent a season on NCIS, and most recently appeared in a pair of episodes of Blindspot.