Here’s the latest casting news for the small screen:
- Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire) is in talks to star in another HBO pilot, an untitled rock ‘n’ roll series executive produced by Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter, along with Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.
- In a bit of anti-casting news, Justin Chatwin will not be returning to season four of Showtime’s Shameless as a series regular, but may appear in future episodes.
Hit the jump for more on both stories.
First up from The Wrap is news that Cannavale is in talks to star in the untitled HBO pilot as a “cocaine-fueled music executive in the 1970s.” The story takes place in New York City circa 1977 during a time when punk, disco and an emerging hip-hop trend collided. Winter will write the pilot with Scorsese attached to direct, much as he did for Boardwalk Empire. Jagger will likely supply some of his own authentic anecdotes for the series.
TV Guide reports that Chatwin will not be a series regular for season four of Shameless, but may return in another interesting way. Spoilers follow:
Chatwin’s character was scripted to die at the end of last season, but showrunner John Wells revealed that the filming permit for the dock expired before the scene could be completed.
“But actually now it’s kind of cool because we don’t have to have him die that way,” Wells said. “We’ve been talking about having the recaps every week [next season] have a different way that he died.” A statement released by Showtime echoes that possibility, noting that Chatwin “will not be coming back as a series regular, but there is a possibility of him coming back in future episodes in some manner.” After the panel concluded, Wells told TV Guide Magazine, “We’ll just wait and see if we come up with a story that works or is interesting, but we haven’t yet. As of right now, we’re done.”