[06/03/21 - 11:31 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, June 3
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:

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AMERICAN HORROR STORIES (FX on Hulu) - Kevin McHale, Dyllón Burnside, Charles Melton and Nico Greetham are slated to appear in the spin-off series while Danny Trejo has also reportedly been cast. (Deadline.com)
ANIMAL KINGDOM (TNT) - Diego Josef will recur on the show's final season as Taylor, "a 19-year-old skateboarder who is being bullied by other teen skaters at Pope's skate park. Pope encourages him to stand up for himself and takes him under his wing." (Deadline.com)
ATOMIC BAZAAR, THE (Netflix, New!) - Writer Gregory Burke and director Edward Berger are developing a potential series at the streamer based on William Langewiesche's acclaimed non-fiction book, subtitled "Dispatches from the Underground World of Nuclear Trafficking." The project "looks at the global trade in nuclear weapons production and state-sponsored nuclear activities." Thomas Benski and Moss Barclay will also executive produce for Pulse Films. (Variety.com)
ECHO 3 (Apple TV+) - Elizabeth Anweis has scored a role on the series as Natalie Foster, "the Chief of Station at the CIA's Bogota field office." (Deadline.com)
FANTASY ISLAND (FOX) - Dave and Odette Annable will guest star on the reboot series as Zev and Daphne, who "have a great marriage, great jobs and a child-free life. However, as they settle into their routines and habits, they're just not connecting the way they used to. In an attempt to rekindle their spark, they travel to the titular Fantasy Island to seek out the "ultimate adventure." As usual, the island gives more than what's expected." (Variety.com)
JOE EXOTIC (Peacock) - Dennis Quaid has signed onto the limited series as Rick Kirkham, Joe's reality show producer. (Deadline.com)
NCIS: HAWAI'I (CBS) - Tori Anderson and Kian Talan have both been cast in the upcoming spin-off series. Anderson will play Kate Whistler, "an ambitious agent of the Defense Intelligence Agency who is intent on climbing the professional ladder. She excels at her work and the politics involved in getting ahead. But despite appearances, Whistler runs deep. There's more to her story, as certain members of the team will learn." And Talan is Alex, "Tennant's oldest child, a 16-year-old who is strong willed and mature beyond his years. He still is struggling to cope with his parents' divorce and all of the changes that come with it, but at his core he's a good kid who just might not always make good choices." (Deadline.com)
NEVERS, THE (HBO) - Andrew Bernstein has joined the series as an executive producer and in-house director. (Deadline.com)
OUR KIND OF PEOPLE (FOX) - LeToya Luckett is the latest to be cast in the newcomer as Leah Franklin-Dupont, "a strong, confident, elegant businesswoman, who, along with her husband Raymond (Chestnut), sits at the top of the food chain of the wealthy, long-standing Black elite in Martha's Vineyard. Leah feels the pressure of her position, and a responsibility to give back to the Black community. But when Angela Vaughn (Yaya DaCosta) arrives and starts to shake things up and threaten her family's legacy, Leah makes it her mission to bar Angela from acceptance into The Bluffs before she tears down everything Leah's family has built." (Deadline.com)
RAY DONOVAN FEATURE-LENGTH FILM (Showtime) - Chris Petrovski has been cast as "rising Hollywood star Sean Walker" in the follow-up movie. (Deadline.com)
TERMINAL LIST, THE (Amazon) - J.D. Pardo has been tapped for a role on the Chris Pratt-led drama as Tony Liddel, "one of the youngest leaders of an FBI Task Force, he leads his team with veracity and stalwart determination. He's hell-bent on finding his fugitive and is merciless when it comes to bringing justice to bear. But while his work is simple, his home-life is complicated, and his family is what motivates him to make the world a better, safer place." (Deadline.com)
WHITE HOUSE PLUMBERS, THE (HBO) - Judy Greer is the latest bound for the limited series as Fran Liddy, "G. Gordon Liddy's (Justin Theroux) unflappable wife who has a misplaced faith in her husband's intelligence and abilities." (Deadline.com)
YELLOWJACKETS (Showtime) - Warren Kole, Peter Gadiot, Keeya King and Alex Wyndham have all been cast in the drama series. Kole has joined the cast as adult Jeff Sadecki, "the former prom king and high school sweetheart of a popular Yellowjacket, middle-aged Jeff now finds himself in a life that did not unfold quite as he had hoped." Gadiot then will recur as Adam, "a magnetic and curious stranger who, drawn to something inexplicable in one of our adult Yellowjackets, will befriend and provoke her at a tumultuous time in her life." King is Akilah, "recently upped from JV to join the Yellowjackets varsity team, Akilah must navigate the intimidating dynamics of her older teammates as she struggles to find her place in the group." And Wyndham is adult Kevyn, "now a police detective in the New Jersey town where the Yellowjackets grew up, Kevyn still harbors a secret crush for one of our Yellowjackets after 25 years." (Deadline.com)

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