Oscar winner Nicole Kidman, Oscar-nominated actress Ruth Negga, and The White Lotus star Lukas Gage are starting the new year with a bang, as all three have just joined high-profile TV shows.
Kidman has joined the cast of Taylor Sheridan‘s upcoming Paramount+ series Lioness, which she was already executive producing under her Blossom Films banner. The streaming series hails from MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios.
Based on a real-life CIA program, the show stars Laysla De Oliveira as Cruz Manuelos, a rough-around-the-edges but passionate young Marine who is recruited to join the CIA’s Lioness Engagement Team to help bring down a terrorist organization from within.
Zoe Saldaña leads a supporting cast that also includes Dave Annable, LaMonica Garrett, Austin Hébert, James Jordan, Hannah Love Lanier, Stephanie Nur, Jill Wagner, and Jonah Wharton.
Kidman will play Kaitlyn Meade, a Senior Supervisor at the CIA who has spent her entire career playing the politics game. The high-ranking intelligence officer serves as a mentor to Cruz, who is heading down the same rocky road on which Kaitlyn once found herself.
Sheridan created Lioness and will serve as its showrunner as well. He’ll also executive produce alongside Kidman, Saldaña, and Wagner, as well as Ron Burkle, David C. Glasser, John Hillcoat, David Hutkin, Geyer Kosinski, Michael Malone, and Bob Yari.
Though Kidman is best known for her work on the big screen in movies such as Moulin Rouge, The Hours, and Batman Forever, she is no stranger to television, having recently starred in Big Little Lies and The Undoing for HBO, and Hulu’s Nine Perfect Strangers. She’ll also soon be seen in the Amazon Prime Video series Expats. She’s represented by CAA and Media Talent Group, and her casting in Lioness was first reported by Variety.
Elsewhere, Ruth Negga, who earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in Jeff Nichols‘ 2016 drama Loving, has been cast as Jake Gyllenhaal‘s wife in the upcoming Apple TV+ limited series Presumed Innocent, based on the courtroom thriller by Scott Turow.
Hailing from David E. Kelley‘s eponymous production company, J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot, and Warner Bros. TV, the series finds Gyllenhaal playing Rusty Sabich, a Chicago prosecutor who is accused of murdering his mistress. Negga will play Barbara Sabich, an artist and gallerist who fights to keep her family intact as she contends with her husband’s highly publicized trial and their own broken marriage.
Presumed Innocent was previously turned into a 1990 movie starring Harrison Ford and Bonnie Bedelia, though Kelley (an attorney by trade) has put his own twist on Turow’s 1987 book. He’ll also serve as showrunner on the series, which he’s executive producing alongside Matthew Tinker, Abrams and his Bad Robot partner Rachel Rusch Rich, and Dustin Thomason, Sharr White, and Gyllenhaal. Miki Johnson and Turow will serve as co-executive producers, while Anne Sewitsky will direct and executive produce the first two episodes.
Negga recently earned a Tony nomination for her performance in Macbeth on Broadway, and she also starred opposite Tessa Thompson in Rebecca Hall‘s directorial debut Passing. The star of AMC’s Preacher series will soon be seen in Dan Levy‘s feature directorial debut Good Grief, which will debut on Netflix. She’s repped by CAA, Principal Entertainment, and Markham Froggat and Irwin in the UK, and her casting in Presumed Innocent was first reported by Deadline.
Finally, Lukas Gage has joined the Season 5 cast of Fargo in a recurring role. He’ll play a character named Lars Olmstead, though no further details were announced.
Season 5 of the acclaimed FX series will be led by Jon Hamm, Juno Temple, Joe Keery, and Jennifer Jason Leigh, and the rest of the cast includes Nick Gomez, Richa Moorjani, Lamorne Morris, Jessica Pohly, David Rysdahl, and Sam Spruell.
The new season of Fargo will take place in 2019, and it will follow a kidnapping that isn’t quite what it seems — and a marriage that isn’t what it seems, either.
Noah Hawley created Fargo and he’ll executive produce via his production company 26 Keys. Warren Littlefield and The Littlefield Company will also executive produce along with Joel and Ethan Coen, who wrote and directed the original 1996 film upon which the show is based. Steve Stark of Toluca Pictures also executive produces along with Kim Todd and Vincent Landay. The series is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions.
In addition to The White Lotus, Gage has also appeared on HBO’s Euphoria, Netflix’s American Vandal, and Peacock’s Angelyne, and he’ll soon be seen in the new season of You on Netflix, as well as the DC series Dead Boy Detectives on HBO Max. On the feature side, he has the Road House remake with Gyllenhaal on the horizon, as well as the excellent indie movie How to Blow Up a Pipeline, which debuted last fall at the Toronto International Film Festival. Gage is repped by WME and Anonymous Content, and his casting in Fargo was first reported by Variety.