Lyndon Smith (Parenthood) has been tapped as the lead Emmy in the CW supernatural cop drama pilot Dead Inside, from writer Katie Lovejoy and producer Bill Lawrence. She replaces Joey King who had been originally cast in the role opposite male lead Freddie Stroma.
The casting change was made after the table read. At 18, King is about a decade younger than Emmy’s age as the character had been conceived.
EXCLUSIVE: Summer 03 is having its world premiere at SXSW on Saturday afternoon at the Stateside Theatre in the Narrative Feature Competition section. The pic serves as the the debut feature film from writer-director Becca Gleason.
Her comedy’s plot revolves around Jamie (Joey King), whose grandmother on her deathbed leaves her with two pieces of information: one involves a baptism, the other a blowjob. It sets Jamie and her family on an emotional roller coaster ride while she falls for the wrong guy at the wrong time. Andrea Savage, Paul Scheer, Jack Kilmer, Erin Darke, Stephen Ruffin, Kelly Lamor Wilson, Logan Medina and June Squibb co-star.
Alexandre Dauman and Eyal Rimmon are producers, and Gideon Tadmor and Jim Kaufman exec produced. ICM Partners and UTA are co-repping the pic in Austin.
SXSW begins tomorrow and runs through March 17.
EXCLUSIVE: Freddie Stroma (UnReal) and Joey King (Fargo) have been tapped as the leads in the CW supernatural cop drama pilot Dead Inside. Also cast in the project, from writer Katie Lovejoy and producer Bill Lawrence, is Hayley Marie Norman (Adam Ruins Everything).
In Dead Inside, penned by Lovejoy and directed by Michael Patrick Jann, after surviving an explosion that killed her hotshot detective big brother, Zach Gates (Stroma), Emmy Gates (King), an underachieving beat cop, starts seeing his ghost, flipping their sibling dynamic on its head and allowing her to truly live her life for the first time, as they work together to help crime victims both living and dead, and figure out the unfinished business keeping his spirit on Earth.
Stroma’s Zach Gates is annoyingly perfect, roguishly over-confident with a rock-star charm. When he returns as a ghost, he learns a few surprising things about the people closest to him.
King’s Emmy Gates is tougher and stronger than she thinks she is, and what she lacks in confidence, she makes up for with determination, humor and snark. Emmy’s life is turned upside down when her brother dies and returns to her as a ghost, forcing her to team up with him to solve a murder and resolve his unfinished business.
Norman will play Jayla Harris, the unfiltered motormouth receptionist at the Portland police station. Jayla’s one of the few true supporters of Emmy’s law enforcement aspirations. As for her own aspirations, it’s to be insta-famous.
Lovejoy executive produces Dead Inside with Doozer’s Lawrence and Jeff Ingold.
King, who co-starred on the second season of FX’s Fargo, is reopped by UTA, Coast To Coast and Dan Spilo from Industry Entertainment.
UnReal alum Stroma fielded multiple pilot offers coming off his starring turn as H.G. Wells in Kevin Williams’ short-lived ABC time-travel drama series Time After Time. Stroma just wrapped the romantic comedy STX feature Second Act alongside Jennifer Lopez and Vanessa Hudgens.He is repped by Industry Entertainment. Gersh and Waring and McKenna in the UK.
Norman recently guest starred on Living Biblically and Alone Together. She is repped by TalentWorks, Management 360, and attorney Derek Kroeger.
EXCLUSIVE: Blumhouse is in production in Toronto on the family drama Between the Earth and Sky, written and directed by The Killing creator Veena Sud.
The pic reunites Sud with former Killing stars Mireille Enos and Peter Sarsgaard, who star in the movie with Joey King. The logline is being kept under wraps, with Between the Earth and Sky the working title. Jason Blum, Alix Madigan and Christopher Tricarico are producing.
A year ago, Blumhouse launched Jordan Peele’s feature directorial Get Out at the Sundance Film Festival before the pic took off in awards season, racking up a global box office of $255 million off a $4.5M production cost.
Enos, repped by CAA, Gartner/Green Entertainment and attorney Mitch Smelkinson, is currently onscreen in Amazon Prime’s anthology Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. Sud’s new drama series Seven Seconds, starring Regina King and Clare Hope Ashitey, launches February 23 on Netflix.
Sarsgaard is repped by WME and Anonymous Content, King by UTA and Industry Entertainment.