Today’s casting news includes two new additions and one surprise exit:
- Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) is in talks to join writer-director Sebastian Silva’s Nasty Baby, a Brooklyn-set drama centering on a gay couple’s attempt to have a baby through a surrogate.
- Sam Trammell (True Blood) joins Josh Boone’s adaptation of the bestselling John Green novel, The Fault in Our Stars, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.
- In a surprise exit move, Laura Prepon (That ’70s Show) will depart the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black after completing her character’s arc, with the possibility to return but not as a series regular.
Hit the jump for more on each casting story.
As The Wrap reports, Wiig is in talks to join Nasty Baby, which stars Silva and Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio) as the gay couple “Freddy and Mo, a gay couple who are trying to have a baby with the help of their best friend Anna, who would be played by Wiig if a deal closes.” Further character details reveal that “Freddy is an artist whose latest work is all about babies, Anna is a family practitioner who is more interested in having a baby than having a man and Mo is hesitant about the entire idea, especially when Anna isnʼt having success with Freddyʼs sperm and the donor responsibility shifts to him.”
According to The Wrap, Trammell will play Woodley’s character’s father in The Fault in Our Stars. Woodley and Elgort star as Hazel and Augustus, “two cancer-stricken teens who strike up a romantic relationship as they face an uncertain future.” Nat Wolff (Admission) also recently joined as Augustus’ friend, Isaac. Laura Dern (Enlightened) will star opposite Trammell as Hazel’s mother. Production on the film starts in Pittsburgh later this month.
Finally, from Buzzfeed comes news that Prepon will not return as a regular on season two of Orange Is the New Black. Nothing is confirmed at the moment as the season is still in development, but it sounds like Prepon will finish out Alex’s character arc this season with the possibility to return in future episodes. There’s no word as to whether this decision is on behalf of Prepon or a creative decision from the showrunners. Taryn Manning, Uzo Aduba and Kate Mulgrew recently landed series regular positions. Orange Is the New Black will return for season two with 13 new episodes.