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Pilot Castings: 'Samurai Girl,' 'Leverage'

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Newcomer Jamie Chung has been cast as the lead in the ABC Family drama pilot "Samurai Girl."

In other cable pilot castings, Christian Kane and Aldis Hodge have come aboard TNT's drama "Leverage," while Anthony Carrigan and Amber Benson have landed roles in Lifetime's drama "Long Island Confidential."

In "Samurai Girl," Chung will play Heaven, a teenage girl who straddles the worlds of her life as the adoptive daughter of a wealthy family and the ancient Samurai traditions of her blood ancestors. The drama, from ABC Studios and Alloy Entertainment, is based on the first novel in the young-adult series of the same name.

Chung is repped by Gersh and Kritzer/Levine/Wilkins Entertainment.

"Leverage" centers on Nate Ford (Timothy Hutton), a former investigator for big insurance companies who -- with the help of a team of the world's best thieves and experts in Internet and computer fraud, item retrieval and other nefarious skills -- stands up for the little guy and goes after the richest and greediest.

Hodge will play Hardison, a young specialist in Internet and computer fraud who is a key member of Nate's crew. Kane will play Eliot Spencer, another member of Nate's team who is described as a "retrieval specialist," hired to beat up those who have stolen items.

Hodge's credits include roles on NBC's "Friday Night Lights" and the CW's "Supernatural."

Kane, who played Jennifer Finnigan's husband on CBS' "Close to Home," is repped by Paradigm and the Firm.

"Long Island," from ABC Studios and Bender-Brown Prods., centers on a detective (Alison Elliott) who returns to her Long Island roots and learns that it's hard to escape the past.

Carrigan and Benson will play Jake and Liz, respectively, Elliott's character's brother and sister. They join previously cast Lorraine Bracco and Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

Benson is best known for playing Tara Maclay on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

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Nellie Andreeva and Kimberly Nordyke write for The Hollywood Reporter.

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