Casting: Smith, Magnussen, Scott, Gunn, Yuan

The Passing Season
“Sense8” and “Stargate Universe” hunk Brian J. Smith has signed on to star in Gabriel Long’s indie drama “The Passing Season” which begins shooting this week in Rhode Island.

In the script by Long and Matthew-Lee Erlbach, Smith will play a pro hockey player whose career comes to an abrupt end. He returns to his hometown, reconnects with a group of high school friends. [Source: Deadline]

Billy Magnussen has scored one of the lead roles in John Singleton’s drugs drama series “Snowfall” for FX. The story is set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles in the 1980s and its ultimate impact on the culture.

Magnussen will play one of three characters on a violent collision course. His is a wealthy family’s black sheep who risks everything to become a player in the burgeoning cocaine trade. Filming begins this Summer. [Source: Deadline]

Swallows and Amazons
Andrew Scott (“Sherlock”) has joined the cast of Philippa Lowthorpe’s feature film adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s adventure story “Swallows and Amazons”. Scott plays a secret agent in pursuit of the reclusive and enigmatic Jim Turner (Rafe Spall).

The story follows four children on summer break who set up camp on a remote island in the middle of a vast lake, on to discover they may not be alone and must battle for ownership of the island, in the process learning numerous survival skills. [Source: Variety]

Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad,” “Gracepoint”) will star in the female-driven Wall Street drama “Equity” for Broad Street Pictures. Meera Menon is set to direct.

The story follows an investment banker who is threatened by a financial scandal and must untangle a web of corruption, forcing her to re-examine the rules of the cutthroat world she has always loved. [Source: Variety]

Marco Polo
Ron Yuan (“Independence Day 2,” “Sons Of Anarchy”) has become a series regular in the second season of Netflix’s historical drama “Marco Polo” as a series regular.

Yuan will play Prince Nayan in the story of the famed 13th century explorer as he fights greed, betrayal and rivalries in Kublai Khan’s court. [Source: Deadline]