From a beguiling love interest to a problematic professional fighter, some of TV's quirkiest favorites and most anticipated new shows are adding new roles. Check out who is joining the casts of Supernatural, Netflix's House of Cards, and more in our casting roundup below:
Weeds: Daniele Watts, whose previous credits include Cold Case and Criminal Minds and who has a small role in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained, joins the cast as Angela Mullen, the first recurring love interest for Shane (Alexander Gould). Angela is a fellow police recruit whose quirky allure catches Shane's eye at the academy.
Supernatural: Ty Olsson has landed a recurring role on the eighth season of The CW's Supernatural as Benny, a tall, dark, and handsome stranger. While best known as Sam on Men in Trees, Olsson is no stranger to the fantasy/sci-fi mystery genre, having appeared on Once Upon a Time, Battlestar Gallactica and in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. The CW is keeping a tight lid on Olsson's Supernatural storyline, but we do know that he is a survivor with an ingrained sense of honor and a tell-it-like-it-is blunt manner.
Banshee: Relative newcomer Cedric Stewart (Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse) has been added to the cast of Alan Ball's new drama Banshee. Banshee's action revolves around Lucas Hood (played by Anthony Starr), a criminal who assumes the identity of the sheriff of small town Banshee, PA. Hood of course continues to be haunted by his law-breaking past as gangsters he has crossed hunt him down. Stewart is slated to play Damien Sanchez, a pro MMA fighter who gets into some trouble when he travels to Banshee for his big fight.
House of Cards: Sebastian Arcelus, who is best known for his work on Broadway in shows such as Wicked and Jersey Boys, joins the cast of the David Fincher-produced Netflix original series House of Cards, set to premiere next year. Kevin Spacey stars in this political drama based on Michael Dobbs' novel of the same name as Rep. Frank Underwood, the House or Representatives Majority Whip set on taking over the Presidency. Arceleus' role has not yet been released.
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Watts has been cast as Coco in the much-anticipated, all-star movie and she has discovered her great-grandparents were slaves and that she has a rich ancestral history related to the African-American struggle.
The actress admits the preparation she has been doing before joining the cast in New Orleans, Louisiana has been fascinating.
She tells WENN, "I come from a theatre background so a lot of my preparation is research... I've played other roles where I'm playing characters who are living during the time of slavery and the research is really interesting. I've visited my family in Atlanta and we drove down to Alabama and I'll be driving to Mississippi, where my family is from, to soak it in about what it was like to have been there.
"My dad is really big on that (genealogy) and he has talked with me about great-grandparents who were slaves, but it's all sort of muddy. I know that part of my family was Creek Indian and I know that many of my family is buried at a Watts family cemetery in Mississippi."