*Actors Sharif Atkins, Derek Gaines and Jovan Adepo have all lined up new projects across the big and small screens.
Former “White Collar” star Atkins has landed a role opposite Michael Urie and Annie Mumolo in “Amy’s Brother,” Fox’s single-camera comedy executive produced by the husband-and-wife duo of Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone via Warner Bros TV. The story follows an unconventional family that is formed when a successful type-A man, Matthew (Urie), and his estranged sister, Amy (Mumolo), and her two children find themselves not only back in one another’s lives but also living under one roof. Atkins will play Christian Chase, the slick, cut-throat top seller at Regency Realty, Chase always seems to close the deal…one step ahead of Matthew. “Amy’s Brother” is written and co-executive produced by Jim Cashman and Mitch Silpa and directed/exec produced by Beth McCarthy Miller.
Gaines has booked a series regular role opposite Jon Rudnitsky and Diona Reasonover in NBC’s multi-camera comedy pilot, “Relatively Happy.” The story revolves around an adult brother and sister, Henry (Rudnitsky) and Heather (Angelson), who wind up living together for the first time since they were kids, after one of them suffers a big loss. They become each other’s wingman, shoulder to cry on, best friend and punching bag as they navigate love, loss and work while helping to get each other “un-stuck.” Gaines will play Royal, Henry’s (Rudnitsky) best friend since childhood. Royal is now his upstairs neighbor and is desperately trying to be “Brooklyn,” though he grew up in “Brookline.” Despite being good-looking and charming, Royal is remarkably neurotic, especially about keeping his girlfriend, Sydney (Reasonover), happy. The pilot is written and executive produced by Max Mutchnick and Jeff Astroff and directed by James Burrows.
Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot have signed “Fences” actor Jovan Adepo and Wyatt Russell to star in the World War II drama “Overlord.” The story takes place in 1944 on the eve of D-Day and centers on a group of American paratroopers, who are dropped behind enemy lines to carry out a mission crucial to the invasion’s success. But as they approach their target, they begin to realize there’s more going on in the Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation. “Overlord” will begin shooting this May in the U.K. The film is directed by Julius Avery (“Son of a Gun”), and produced by Abrams and Lindsey Weber through Bad Robot. The script is written by Billy Ray (“Captain Phillips”) and Mark L. Smith (“The Revenant”).