Casting: Findlay, Rodriguez, Helfer, Perez, Marinelli

Casting Findlay Rodriguez Helfer Perez Marinelli

Brave New World
“Downton Abbey” star Jessica Brown Findlay will play the female lead opposite Alden Ehrenreich and Harry Lloyd in the series adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s novel “Brave New World” for UCP, Amblin Television. It’s expected to be a potential flagship series for the NBCU streaming platform in 2020.

Budgeted at a whopping $10 million an episode, the series imagines a utopian society that has achieved peace and stability through the prohibition of monogamy, privacy, money, family, and history itself. Two citizens of New London, curious to explore life beyond, visit the Savage Lands and become embroiled in a harrowing and violent rebellion. [Source: Variety]

Gina Rodriguez (“Annihilation”) is set to star in “Awake” at Netflix and Entertainment One, the new film from “Kodachrome” director Mark Raso. Raso wrote the script with Joseph Raso and Greg Poirer while Paul Schiff is producing.

Rodriguez plays an ex-soldier with a troubled past who holds the key to a cure after a sudden global event wipes out all electronics and takes away humankind’s ability to sleep. Chaos quickly begins to consume the world and Jill may hold the key in the form of her own daughter – but can she deliver her before she loses her mind? [Source: Deadline]

David Arquette (“Scream”), Tricia Helfer (“Battlestar Galactica”) and Dana Gould (“The Simpsons”) have joined Shudder’s first longform original series – the series reboot of the “Creepshow” anthology franchise. The new cast join Adrienne Barbeau, Giancarlo Esposito and Tobin Bell. In addition, Tom Savini will be helming an adaptation of Joe Hill’s “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain”. [Source: Deadline]

The Kissing Booth 2
Maisie Richardson-Sellers (“Legends of Tomorrow”) and newcomer Taylor Perez are joining Joey King Joel Courtney, Jacob Elordi, Meganne Young, Carson White, and Molly Ringwald in “The Kissing Booth” sequel at Netflix. Vince Marcello is directing.

Elle heads back to high school for her senior year and must juggle a long-distance relationship, getting into her dream college with her best friend Lee (Courtney), and the complications brought on by a close friendship with a handsome, charismatic new classmate named Marco (Perez). [Source: Broadway World]

The Old Guard
Matthias Schoenaerts and Luca Marinelli have joined the cast of the Charlize Theron-led action thriller “The Old Guard” for Skydance and Netflix. Based on Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez’s comic, Gina Prince-Bythewood is directing the project.

The story follows a small group of soldiers, led by a woman named Andy (Theron), who are inexplicably immortal and have been working as mercenaries through the ages. The novelty of not dying long gone, they soon discover the existence of a new immortal (Kiki Layne) at the same time as a nefarious organization captures their undying actions on camera. Marwan Kenzari also stars. [Source: Heat Vision]