Usually, news of someone being cast in a TV pilot isn’t particularly exciting. There’s no guarantee that the show will ever get picked up and we may never even get a chance to see it. There are exciting exceptions, however. Instances like when one of the biggest TV stars of the last decade decides to return to the small screen, or the most iconic female superhero gets cast or, J.J. Abrams and Christopher Nolan’s brother Jonah Nolan lock in the lead of their show.
Person of Interest, about an assumed-to-be-dead-CIA officer who gets hired by a New York billionaire to solve crimes, will be top lined by Jim Caviezel, best known for his role in Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. He’ll round out a cast that includes Oscar-nominee Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Emmy-winner Michael Emerson (Lost).
In more TV pilot casting news, Saw and Princess Bride star Cary Elwes will join the aforementioned pilot for Wonder Woman. Read more each project after the break. Read More »
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Where has Elizabeth Hurley been? She hasn’t had a screen role since 2004, seemingly spending her time raising family and doing charity work in the meantime. Now she’s making her way back to movie screens — she’s got a voice role in the animated film The Wild Bunch, and now says that she’ll be the ‘evil villain’ in the new Wonder Woman TV series. Read More »
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Friday Night Lights actress Adrianne Palicki has been cast as DC superhero Wonder Woman in the announced NBC television pilot. The show is said to be a non-campy take on the character that presents the superhero character as “a vigilante crime fighter in LA but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life.” Palicki will also play Wonder Woman’s two alter egos, a mega-billionaire CEO named Diana Themyscira and Diana’s “plain Jane” assistant Diana Prince.
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Thanks to a power shift at NBC, the David E. Kelley revamp of Wonder Woman found life with the network, and a pilot has been ordered. The show will be a non-campy take on the character that presents Wonder Woman as “a vigilante crime fighter in LA but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life.” So, Ally McBeal with a golden lasso? Let’s hope it’s more than that.
Now it looks like there is a director for the pilot: Jeffrey Reiner. Read More »
Now that David E. Kelley‘s new version of Wonder Woman is set up at NBC, it’s time to get the pilot going. When we heard a few days ago that the show had landed at the network there was no word on who might direct or star, but now we’ve got one possible name: McG is rumored to be the choice to direct the pilot. Read More »
Briefly: Last night the new leadership of NBC kicked things off by picking up, among a couple other projects, a pilot for a musical drama produced by Steven Spielberg. As expected, the network is making more moves and one of them is grabbing the new Wonder Woman show being developed by David E. Kelley. Ironically the network, under prior leadership, was one of the last to pass on Wonder Woman not long ago. But even when all networks passed we knew the show wasn’t totally dead, and that it might go out to try again.
EW says that Mr. Kelley’s take features “the superhero’s signature lasso, cuffs, and plane in the script, and insiders said it was a serious, non-campy take on the DC Comics character.” That’s the script circa two weeks ago; we don’t know if any changes have been made since that script went out and met with dismissal. Much of that dismissal seemed to be based in concern over the potential cost and licensing fees, rather than story issues. With the show finding a home at NBC, we should hear a lot more soon, including crucial cast decisions.
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