Casting: Strahovski, Thomas, Richards, Kirshner

“Chuck” star Yvonne Strahovski has joined the cast of Showtime’s “Dexter” for a multi-episode arc in the upcoming seventh season.

Strahovski will play Hannah McKay, a strong, independent woman with a past that she’s struggled to put behind her but is asked by Miami Metro Homicide for help in solving some old cases. [Source: Deadline]

Kristin Scott Thomas, Andre Dussollier and Sergi Lopez are set to star in Laurent Herbiet’s €7 million, French-language political thriller “Vatican”. Shooting begins in Rome and Switzerland next June.

The story revolves around a bitter struggle for Papal power between two cardinals following the death of the Pope. Thomas plays a devout Catholic mother whose investigations into the death of her Swiss Guard son lead her to uncover this web of intrigue. [Source: Screen Daily]

The Quiet Ones
Erin Richards (“Breaking In,” “Being Human”), Olivia Cooke (“The Secret of Crickley Hall,” “The Fuse”) and West End theater actor Rory Fleck-Byrne have joined the cast of supernatural thriller “The Quiet Ones” for Hammer.

The story follows an unorthodox, but charismatic Professor (Jared Harris) who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist from negative human energy. [Source: Screen Daily]

The Perfect Surrogate
Mia Kirshner, Rachel Blanchard and David Julian Hirsch have joined Lifetime’s TV movie “The Perfect Surrogate” which is shooting in Montreal

Adrian Wills helms the story about a couple turning to surrogacy to have a child, only to find a young woman they choose as a partner is not as perfect as appears. [Source: THR]