William Petersen to HURT PEOPLE, Matt Davis Joins CULT, Michael Kelly Heads to Netflix’s HOUSE OF CARDS

     March 13, 2012


Here’s our TV casting call round-up. Check out the new additions at a glance below:

  • William Petersen will star in and exec produce GKTV’s hitman drama, Hurt People.
  • The Vampire Diaries actor Matt Davis will lead the new CW mystery pilot, Cult, from Farscape-mastermind Rockne S. O’Bannon.
  • Fresh off playing the world’s worst dad in Chronicle, veteran character actor Michael Kelly is joining David Fincher’s Netflix series, House of Cards.
  • Freddie Prinze Jr. has been cast in an untitled NBC sitcom pilot by Hilary Winston (Community).

Hit the jump for details on each project.

Per The Live Feed, william-petersen-hurt-peopleafter anchoring CSI for years as mild-mannered bug buff Gil Grissom, Petersen is set for a decidedly different challenge with Hurt People, where he’ll play a hitman employed by the crime family that murdered his wife, who must track down his own daughter and stop her from taking revenge on her mother’s killers. It comes from Peter Macmanus. I have to admit, it’s a pretty provocative set-up and Petersen is always an intriguing leading-man.

Via Deadline, in Cult, Matt Davis will go into sleuth mode as a blogger who teams up with a production assistant (Jessica Lucas) for some snooping around when people (one of whom is his brother) start disappearing from the set of a popular TV show called Cult. The focus of the investigation: the show’s fanbase. Seems like ripe territory for some fun with meta; plus, Deadline assures Vampire Diaries fans that Davis’ character Alaric Saltzman could still pop up in guest spots. The O.C. and Chuck EP Josh Schwartz is also on board to produce.

Variety reports that Michael Kelly joins a very intriguing $100-million production in House of Cards; intriguing both because of the involvement of Fincher and the fact that it’s seemingly an immense leap into relatively uncharted territory for Netflix. The show, based on a lauded British series of the same name already has 26 episodes (or two seasons) ordered; it sees Kevin Spacey playing a congressman looking to take down the president. Also featuring Kate Mara (who’s really due for a breakout role), Kristen Connolly and Robin Wright, it’ll start filming next month in Baltimore.

And, lastly, according to Deadline, Freddie Prinze Jr.’s latest crack at transitioning to TV will see him playing Evan, the fiancé who spurns Sarah Wright’s “shy, focused” protagonist, Agnes, as he transitions from lab geek to corporate honcho at the pharmaceutical company they both work at. Agnes is then compelled to make some changes of her own, which incidentally include a healthy dose of vengeance. Also on board for the single-camera pilot are Mena Suvari and Kyle Howard.