Casting: Brenneman, Baruchel, Ludwig, Manson

Casting Brenneman Baruchel Ludwig Manson

Old Man
Amy Brenneman (“Heat,” “Judging Amy”) will join Jeff Bridges and John Lithgow in the FX drama pilot “Old Man” based on the novel by Thomas Perry. Bridges plays a former CIA agent who absconded from the company decades ago and has been living off the grid ever since.

When an assassin arrives and tries to take him out, the old operative learns that to ensure his future he now must reconcile his past. Brenneman will play Zoe, a divorcee who rents a room to Chase not knowing he’s on the run. But when the truth is revealed, she’ll draw on reserves she never knew she had in order to survive. [Source: Variety]

A Moody Christmas
Jay Baruchel is set as a lead opposite Denis Leary and Elizabeth Perkins in the six-episode half-hour holiday event series adaptation of the Australian series “A Moody Christmas” for FOX. Baruchel will play Sean Jr, the oldest Moody child who is still living at home – an immature dreamer and impulsive screw-up who is maintenance worker at a hockey rink.

The single-camera comedy series hails from CBS TV Studios and is penned by Bob Fisher, Rob Greenberg and Tad Quill. Leary and Perkins play the father and mother of three grown children and an assorted mix of extended family members who gather for the holidays – each packing his/her own eccentricities and complications. [Source: Deadline]

Alexander Ludwig (“Vikings”) will play Ace, the brother of “Arrow” star Stephen Amell’s Jack Spade in Starz’s upcoming wrestling drama series “Heels”. Ace is a star pro wrestler in the ring, but finds things are more difficult in the real world as he struggles to reconcile his town idol status with his insecurities and demons.

Set in small-town Georgia, the brothers run a local wrestling promotion together and battle over their late dad’s legacy.The eight-episode drama is written by Michael Waldron (“Community”) while Mike O’Malley (“Survivor’s Remorse”) is the showrunner. [Source: TV Line]

American Gods
“Sons of Anarchy” alum and singer Marilyn Manson is joining Starz’s “American Gods” for a four-episode stint during its third season. Manson will play blood-thirsty Johan Wengren, lead singer of the Viking death metal band Blood Death who are also a source of power for Ian McShane’s Mr. Wednesday in his war with the New Gods. [Source: Deadline]