Casting: Liotta, Gillies, Akinnagbe, Koch

The Muppets 2
Ray Liotta has joined the cast of “The Muppets 2” at Walt Disney Pictures. The story will take The Muppets all across Europe on a new caper adventure.

Liotta has experience with this franchise, playing a gate guard in 1999’s “Muppets from Space.” His role in this film is unknown. [Source: Variety]

The Originals
Daniel Gillies is set to star alongside Joseph Morgan and Phoebe Tonkin in “The Originals,” a spin-off from its popular “The Vampire Diaries” series.

The upcoming April 25th episode of “The Vampire Diaries” will serve as a potential backdoor pilot which will deal with two vampire brothers and a girl. [Source: Deadline]

Render to Caesar
Gbenga Akinnagbe (TV’s “The Wire”) will star in and produce the English language Nigerian crime thriller “Render to Caesar”

The story revolves around two detectives stalking a psychotic crime lord in Lagos. Onyekachi “Lucky” Ejim helms the project. [Source: THR]

Under the Dome
Natalie Martinez and Alex Koch have joined CBS’ “Under the Dome” based on the 2009 Stephen King novel. The story deals with a small New England town suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome.

Martinez will play the young and ambitious Sheriff deputy Linda, Koch will play car dealer and politician’s son Junior Rennie. [Source: Deadline]