We’ve got a couple of interesting TV casting stories to share this evening. First up, prolific character actor Kevin Pollak has joined the cast of CBS’ upcoming Beverly Hills Cop pilot. Eddie Murphy is producing the hourlong series alongside Shawn Ryan (The Shield, Last Resort), and Brandon T. Jackson (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) was cast in the lead role of Axel Foley’s son last October. Now THR reports that Pollak is set to co-star as Rodney Daloof, the in-house lawyer for the Beverly Hills Police Department. The character is described as “incredibly risk-averse, a stickler for the rules, and a loud-mouthed bully,” so yeah, it sounds like Pollak should be able to knock this one out of the park.
The series is envisioned as a police procedural with a comedic element, and Murphy will be reprising his role as the senior Foley in the pilot with the possibility of recurring should CBS pick the pilot up to series. Hit the jump for news concerning Peter Sarsgaard taking on a major role in the upcoming third season of AMC’s The Killing.
Additionally, AMC’s resurrected drama series The Killing has nabbed a big name for its third season. TV Line reports that Peter Sarsgaard (Green Lantern, An Education) is set to play the character of Tom Seward, a death-row inmate. The character is described as “a lifelong convict born into poverty and crime [who has] been in and out of the system for violent crimes since he was 10.”
Following negative reviews and an exodus of viewers in its second season, AMC cancelled The Killing last May, only to change its mind and officially renew the series for a third season last month. The string of 12 episodes will pick up a year after the events of the season two finale and will find Mireille Enos’ Sarah Linden and Joel Kinnaman’s Stephen Holder tackling an all-new case that will be solved by season’s end.
The season’s events are put into motion when Holder’s search for a runaway girl leads him to discover a gruesome string of murders that connects to a previous murder investigation by Linden. One assumes that Sarsgaard’s character figures into this previous case somehow, seeing as how he’s on death row. The actor joins other new The Killing cast additions Amy Seimetz (Upstream Color), Elias Koteas (Shutter Island), and Max Fowler (F). Season three of The Killing will likely begin airing this fall.