TV Casting: End, Carter, Billions, Dead, Flesh

Childhood’s End
Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”) has scored one of the lead roles in Syfy’s six-hour miniseries “Childhood’s End.” Dance will play Karellen, the Overlords’ ambassador in the project which begins shooting next month in Australia.

The story focuses on what happens after the arrival of mysterious alien Overlords which begins decades of an apparent utopia under indirect alien rule – at the cost of human identity and culture. [Source: Variety]

Marvel’s Agent Carter
Lyndsy Fonseca (“Nikita,” “Kick-Ass”) has joined the cast of ABC’s “Marvel’s Agent Carter” limited series in the role of Angie Martinelli. Martinelli is an aspiring actress living in 1946 New York who befriends Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) as she herself seeks to find her place in the post-war world. [Source: Variety]

Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis are set to team up for Showtime’s fictional drama “Billions”. Neil Burger (“The Illusionist,” “Divergent”) will direct the pilot which will film in New York early next year. Brian Koppelman, David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin will executive produce.

The story takes a forensic look at the world of high finance by tracking the approaching collision between two figures – the hard-charging, whip-smart U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhodes (Giamatti), and the brilliant ambitious hedge-fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Lewis). [Source: The Live Feed]

The Walking Dead
AMC has hired Adam Davidson to direct the pilot episode of “The Walking Dead” spin-off series due to begin production late this year.

Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson co-created the series, which is set within the same universe as “The Walking Dead” but in a completely different location and potentially at a different time period. [Source: Deadline]

Flesh And Bone
Starz has essentially opted not to renew its upcoming ballet drama “Flesh And Bone”. Originally slated to be an ongoing series, the already shot eight-episode first season is now being turned into a limited series along the lines of “The White Queen” or “Dancing On The Edge” which both went on to award nominations.

The switch reportedly won’t require script changes, reshoots or additional footage, with the eight episodes airing as originally written and the current finale standing as a suitable conclusion. [Source: Deadline]