Greenlit: ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Series Begins Casting, ‘The Color Purple’ Will Head Back to the Big Screen + More

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Greenlit means a project is officially a go, so all you have to do is follow these leads to stay up to date. You never know where you’ll find an opportunity to land an audition!

“Game of Thrones” Prequel
Winter is coming and so is the “Game of Thrones” prequel. The HBO pilot is starting to round out its cast, announcing that Naomi Watts and Josh Whitehouse will appear on the show. Watts will star in the prequel, and Whitehouse’s role is being kept under wraps for now. The two are the first to be cast in the pilot which will take place thousands of years before the events of “Game of Thrones” and chronicle Westeros’ history and descent. Jane Goldman, who co-created the project and wrote the story alongside George R. R. Martin, will write the teleplay and serve as the showrunner. There hasn’t been a casting director assigned to the project yet, at least publicly, but it is possible “Game of Thrones” CDs Nina Gold and Robert Sterne will take the helm on staffing the new series, which has yet to announce if it will return to Belfast, Northern Ireland to film or choose another production location.

“The Color Purple”
“The Color Purple” is going to follow the path of “The Producers” as it is heading back to the big screen, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, and Scott Sanders will produce a movie musical version of the Tony Award-winning show. Winfrey, Jones, and Sanders all produced the recent Broadway revival starring Cynthia Erivo and Jennifer Hudson, and Spielberg directed the original 1985 film. The movie is still in its early stages of development and is looking to land a writer, but this will preserve the popular stage revival, maybe complete with some of its original stars. Telsey + Company cast the revival so you may see the team return to work on the film.

“Rent Live”
Thankfully, you don’t have to wait 525,600 minutes to see Fox’s “Rent Live” and you also don’t have to wait another minute more to find out who’s going to be in the cast. Brandon Victor Dixon, Vanessa Hudgens, Kiersey Clemons, and Jordan Fisher will star in the live televised musical, set to air on January 27, 2019. The full cast includes Brennin Hunt, Mario, Tinashe, and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” star Valentina, with Keala Settle performing the hit song “Seasons of Love” and joining the ensemble. Alex Rudzinski (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” “Grease: Live”) will return as the live television director, and Telsey + Company will return for casting. The production will broadcast live from Los Angeles.

“Looking for Alaska”
Another John Green novel is getting a major production. The author’s first novel, “Looking for Alaska,” will soon get a Hulu limited series and has tapped its stars: Kristine Froseth (“Sierra Burgess is a Loser”) and Charlie Plummer (“Lean on Pete”). The eight-episode series will follow Miles “Pudge” Halter (played by Plummer) as he enrolls in boarding school to gain a deeper perspective on life. He falls in love with a girl, Alaska Young (played by Froseth) and is forced to try to uncover the truth behind her unexpected death. Rebecca Thomas will serve as a director on the project. Patrick Rush will be the casting director, so keep an eye on his door for opportunities in the future as the cast rounds out.

“Penny Dreadful: City of Angels”
Fans of Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful” who are longing for more of the series will only have to wait a little bit longer. The network has ordered a new installment of the drama series titled “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels,” set in 1938 Los Angeles. Production is expected to begin in 2019, and, at this time, none of the original cast members are set to return (but that doesn’t mean they won’t—development is still in the very early stages). “Penny Dreadful” creator, writer, and executive producer John Logan will return to the new series in all of those roles, so you might be able to expect the same casting director, Karen Lindsay-Stewart.

“Mrs. America”
Here she comes, it’s “Mrs. America,” a new limited series from FX starring Cate Blanchett. The network has given a nine-episode order starring the Oscar-winning actor in her first role on American television. The series tells the true story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and the unexpected backlash led by a conservative woman named Phyllis Schlafly (Blanchett). The story will be told through the eyes of Schlafly, as well as second-wave feminists, such as Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Bella Abzug, and more. Emmy-winning writer Davhi Waller (“Mad Men”) will serve as the showrunner, and production is scheduled to begin in 2019. Expect many exciting roles in the series, both principal and background, especially for female actors. A casting director has yet to be announced, but some potential options from Waller’s previous projects would be Sharon Bialy and Sherry Thomas, or Carrie Audino and Laura Schiff.

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