Casting News: Morgan, Matheson, Cowen, Nixon

Casting News Morgan Matheson Cowen Nixon

Jeffrey Dean Morgan has scored the lead role in the film adaptation of James Herbert’s horror novel “Shrine” for Screen Gems. Evan Spiliotopoulos is adapting and directing while Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert are producing and filming begins in February.

The story focuses on a disgraced journalist who discovers a series of seemingly divine miracles in a small New England town and uses them to resurrect his career, but the ‘miracles’ may have a much darker source. [Source: Deadline]

This Is Us
Tim Matheson has scored a a key recurring role in the fourth season of the NBC drama “This Is Us”. Matheson will play Dave, the father of Rebecca Pearson (Mandy Moore) and will mark the first time Rebecca’s father has been seen onscreen. Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, and Justin Hartley also star in the series which returns September 24th. [Source: Variety]

Abigail Cowen (“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”) is set to lead the ensemble cast of the live-action young adult series “Fate: The Winx Saga” for Netflix, a six-episode series inspired by the Italian animated franchise. Brian Young serves as showrunner and executive produces with Judy Counihan and Kris Thykier, while filming is now underway in Ireland.

Rainbow Group and Archery Pictures are producing the series which follows the coming-of-age journey of five unlikely friends attending Alfea, a magical boarding school in the Otherworld where they must learn to master their magical powers while navigating love, rivalries and the monsters that threaten their very existence. Cowen stars as Bloom. [Source: Deadline]

Untitled Showtime-Era Lakers HBO Pilot
DeVaughn Nixon (“Prom,” “Runaways”) has joined HBO and Adam McKay’s untitled pilot about the Showtime-era of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers team. John C. Reilly, Jason Clarke, Quincy Isaiah and Solomon Hughes have already been cast in the pilot which will shoot in September with McKay directing.

Nixon will play his own father Norm Nixon, a debonair playboy who overcomes insurmountable odds to become the all-star point guard of the Lakers. He expertly maneuvers the complexities of NBA stardom, until talented young rookie Magic Johnson arrives in LA. Max Borenstein and Jim Hecht co-wrote and are executive producing the pilot. [Source: Variety]