4 items from 2016
Go On alumna Sarah Baker has been cast opposite Casey Wilson in ABC's single-camera comedy pilot Hail Mary, from Sony TV and ABC Studios. Written by The McCarthys creator Brian Gallivan and directed by Julie Anne Robinson, Hail Mary centers on Mary Wolf (Wilson), a young small-town mayor named who has dysfunctional siblings, a dying father, disgruntled citizens, a nearly bankrupt town and the mafia breathing down her neck. Only a miracle can help her. So … she fakes one… »
As evidenced in our extensive, two-part interview with writer/director/actor/producer Lorene Scafaria is a talent to watch. She made her directorial debut a few years back with the apocalyptic, grounded dramedy Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, and now she’s back this year with The Meddler. After premiering at Tiff last fall, we now have the first trailer ahead of a spring release.
Starring Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons, Jerrod Carmichael, Cecily Strong, Lucy Punch, Casey Wilson, Jason Ritter, Sarah Baker, and Michael McKean, it follows a mother-daughter relationship. Reviews were mostly positive, with David Ehrlich saying, Imagine if Clueless had starred a 68-year-old Susan Sarandon as an overbearing mother and you’ll have the right idea about Lorene Scafaria’s The Meddler, a sweet and sneakily effective portrait of a woman learning how to re-engage with the world after the greatest loss of her life. »
- Leonard Pearce
The two actors join Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman in the David E. Kelley limited series, along with previously announced stars Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Adam Scott, Zoë Kravitz and Kathryn Newton.
Based on Liane Moriarty’s 2014 novel of the same name, “Big Little Lies” is a darkly comic drama centering on three mothers (Witherspoon, Kidman, Dern) of first graders whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.
Skarsgård will play Kidman’s husband, Perry, a successful businessman, loving father and devoted husband. Tupper will play Witherspoon’s ex-husband, who’s now married to a young yoga instructor (Kravitz) and faces the challenges of co-parenting a teenage daughter (Newton) with his ex-wife.
Kidman is playing Celeste, who’s the envy of her peers as she seems to have it all. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Alexander Skarsgard and James Tupper lead the latest cast additions to HBO’s “Big Little Lies” starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley, the company announced Tuesday. Skarsgard has been cast as Perry, Kidman’s character Celeste’s husband, while Tupper will play Nathan, ex-husband to Witherspoon’s character Madeline. Other new cast members include Jeffrey Nordling, P.J. Byrne, Kelen Coleman, Sarah Burns, Virginia Kull, Sarah Baker, Kathreen Khavari, Larry Bates and Gia Carides. Also Read: 'Heroes' Alum Santiago Cabrera Joins Reese Witherspoon in HBO's 'Big Little Lies' (Exclusive) Witherspoon’s “Wild” collaborator Jean-Marc Vallee is directing “Big Little Lies, »
- Linda Ge
4 items from 2016
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