The cast of Lifetime’s pilot “Unreal,” starring Shiri Appleby, keeps getting more unreal in size. THR reveals today that “Jericho” co-star Ashley Scott is joining recently announced actresses Nathalie Kelley and Johanna Braddy on the drama from Sarah Gertrude Shapiro and Marti Noxon. But judging by the first photo below, “The Vampire Diaries” actress Arielle Kebbel has also joined the cast.
“Unreal” goes behind-the-scenes of a hit competition dating series and follows a staffer named Rachel (Appleby) whose sole job is to manipulate all the contestants so she can get the footage her producers demand. Scott will play Mary, a 36-year-old single mom with a 4-year-old daughter, who is a financial advisor and hopeful contestant. She’s described as, “Miss Old, Hot and Desperate,” but is really just guarded and sweet after being unlucky in love. While Kelley will play contestant Grace, the resident hippie and Eco-swimwear designer/model. She instantly wins the heart of the show’s bachelor, Adam (previously cast Freddie Stroma). Lastly, Braddy will play Anna, an attorney and another contestant on the show. She’s a control freak eager to land a husband, and there’s also something a bit off about her.
October 7, 2013 | Posted by Araceli Roach
in Television, TV Casting
Pre-production appears to be moving right along for “The X-Files” creator Chris Carter’s return to television, “The After,” as the new pilot has cast Arielle Kebbel and newcomer Jaina Lee Ortiz, along with Sharon Lawrence and Andrew Howard.
According to Deadline, “The After,” from Amazon Studios, is set to take place at the moment of the apocalypse. Kebbel will play a sexy, professional woman named Tammy, and Ortiz will play a young police officer named Marly Gonzalez, while Lawrence and Howard will play a wealthy mysterious woman and a lewd sarcastic Irishman. This news also comes on the heels of last week’s announcement where Aldis Hodge, Adrian Pasdar and Jamie Kennedy joined the ensemble cast.
Kebbel is best known for starring in “Gilmore Girls,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “90210″ and the short-lived series “Life Unexpected.” Ortiz has a few independent films and web series credits to her name, including “Misfire” and “The Shop,” but this will be her first major Hollywood role.
July 18, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Britt Robertson has landed the lead role of Casey Newton in Brad Bird’s highly anticipated and highly secretive “Tomorrowland” after testing for the role against Naomi Scott, according to THR. Robertson now joins a cast that already includes George Clooney, Hugh Laurie and Raffey Cassidey.
An earlier logline described the film thus: “A teenage girl, a genius middle-aged man (who was kicked out of Tomorrowland) and a pre-pubescent girl robot attempt to get to and unravel what happened to Tomorrowland, which exists in an alternative dimension, in order to save Earth.” Cassidy was cast as the child robot, while Laurie plays the film’s antagonist. Filming begins in August, aiming for a December 19, 2014 release date.
Robertson has been a mainstay on the CW network, headlining both “Life Unexpected” and “The Secret Circle” on the teen friendly network, but segues to CBS this summer with Stephen King adaptation “Under the Dome.”. She starred opposite Dylan O’Brien in Sundance coming of age dramedy “The First Time” and has always shown the potential for big screen success, which “Tomorrowland” should help steer in the right direction.
June 20, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
TV starlets Britt Robertson and Naomi Scott have emerged as finalists for the highly coveted and potentially star-making lead role in Brad Bird’s secretive sci-fi actioner “Tomorrowland”, which already has George Clooney set to star, according to THR.
Clooney lends the film star power but the lead role is that of Casey Newton, a rebellious teenager. After an extensive search that at one point included Shailene Woodley, relative unknowns Robertson and Scott emerged as the frontrunners and will undergo full hair, makeup and costume tests for the role in early July in Vancouver. An earlier logline described the film thus: “A teenage girl, a genius middle-aged man (who was kicked out of Tomorrowland) and a pre-pubescent girl robot attempt to get to and unravel what happened to Tomorrowland, which exists in an alternative dimension, in order to save Earth.” Raffey Cassidy was cast as the child robot, while Hugh Laurie plays the film’s antagonist. THR cautions the search for Casey may continue if Robertson or Scott don’t work out after testing. Filming begins in August, aiming for a December 19, 2014 release date.
Robertson has been a mainstay on the CW network, headlining both “Life Unexpected” and “The Secret Circle” on the teen friendly network, but segues to CBS this summer with Stephen King adaptation “Under the Dome”, which premieres on Monday. She starred opposite Dylan O’Brien in Sundance coming of age dramedy “The First Time.” Scott starred on Fox’s ambitious but short-lived pre-historic series “Terra Nova.”
November 2, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
“The Secret Circle” star Britt Robertson will take the lead role in indie coming of age drama “Undiscovered Gyrl”, according to Variety. Multi-hyphenate Allison Burnett will direct the film, which is based on his own 2009 novel of the same name and follows Robertson’s Katie Kampenfelt, a recent high school graduate who takes a year off before college to explore her new adult life and write a blog about it: “A funny, erotic and poignant record of a young soul in peril, her blog gives her readership a rare, voyeuristic look into her exploits filled with men, alcohol and an insatiable desire to fill the void left by an absent father.”
Robertson headlined a pair of teen dramas on The CW, “Life Unexpected” and “The Secret Circle”, but both lasted less than two seasons. She’s now keeping busy with films, soon to be seen opposite Dylan O’Brien in “The First Time” and currently filming “The Delivery Man” (formerly “Starbuck”) with Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders.
July 10, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
The CW star Britt Robertson has joined the cast of indie “White Rabbit”, according to Deadline. “True Blood”‘s Sam Trammell and “The Descendants” scene-stealer Nick Krause play father and son in the psychological thriller about a former victim of bullying who seeks revenge.
Written by Anthony Di Pietro and to be directed at the end of July in New Orleans by Tim McKann, “White Rabbit” revolves around an often bullied high school student (Krause), who begins to have visions of a white rabbit he killed when he was nine. “The rabbit, along with other imaginary characters, turn menacing in the hopes of pushing him over the edge and luring him into one last fatal act of revenge.” Robertson will play his girlfriend.
Robertson headlined a pair of teen dramas for The CW network, “Life Unexpected” and more recently “The Secret Circle”, though both were cancelled less than two seasons into their runs. She’ll next be seen opposite Dylan O’Brien in coming-of-age dramedy “The First Time”, which premiered at Sundance last year and which we loved.
February 18, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Those mourning the early cancellation of The CW’s “Life Unexpected” won’t have to go too long missing Britt Robertson, who played the precocious orphan Lux. In addition to already signing onto a new series for the network – Kevin Williamson’s “Secret Circle” – Robertson is also making a leap to the big screen, taking the lead in “The First Time”, the actress’s reps confirmed to us today. In addition, Variety also reports fellow up and comer Dylan O’Brien will be joining her in the project directed by Jonathan Kasdan from his own screenplay, which chronicles the first weekend in a teenage couple’s blossoming relationship.
This is Kasdan’s first movie since his 2007 diectorial debut “In the Land of Women”, which starred Adam Brody and Kristen Stewart. Robertson can next be seen in Wes Craven’s “Scream 4″ while O’Brien is a lead on the new MTV series “Teen Wolf” and recently wrapped pot comedy “High Road” opposite Lizzy Caplan and SNL cast member Abby Elliot.