Casting News: Marano, Dern, Smith, Hurt

Gilmore Girls
Vanessa Marano (“Switched at Birth”) has joined the cast of Netflix’s “Gilmore Girls” revival, the latest original cast member to join the revival. Marano will reprise her role as April Nardini, daughter of Luke (Scott Patterson).

The polarizing character appeared in the final two seasons and is often blamed for Lorelai’s (Lauren Graham) breakup with Luke. It’s not been made clear in which or how many of the four episodes Marano will appear. [Source: Variety]

Untitled Death Row Drama
HBO is developing a drama series penned and directed by Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney who makes his narrative debut on the project.

Laura Dern is attached to star and executive produce the untitled drama which centers on a court-appointed psychiatrist (Dern) who must determine from her twisted yet humanizing diagnostic exchanges with death row inmates if they are sane enough to be killed by the state. [Source: Deadline]

Miss Sloane
Douglas Smith (“Vinyl”) has joined the cast of John Madden’s “Miss Sloane” for FilmNation. Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, John Lithgow, Sam Waterston, Alison Pill and Jake Lacy also star

Jonathan Perera penned the script in which Chastain plays a top DC lobbyist who decides to take on the challenge of pushing through tighter legislation for the nation’s gun laws, she soon comes to find that the gun lobby is as ruthless as she is. Smith will play Alex, a young lobbyist named who joins a coalition to try to help pass important gun control legislation. [Source: Deadline]

That Good Night
John Hurt is attached to star in the film adaptation of N.J. Crisp’s 1996 bittersweet stage play “That Good Night”. Eric Styles directs from a script by Charles Savage and filming begins in March in Portugal and Yorkshire.

Hurt plays a once-famous screenwriter facing death. His two final wishes in life are to be reconciled with his long-lost son, and to ensure he doesn’t become a burden on his wife by hiring a mysterious ‘visitor’ to euthanise him. His wishes do not go to plan. [Source: Variety]