Casting Bits: 'SHARKNADO 4,' 'ANON', 'MACGYVER,' and Unnamed Zemeckis Thriller!

– by Joseph Medina

SHARKNADO 4

Gary Busey.

Gary Busey.

Everyone's favorite bad scifi disaster flick series has just added Gary Busey and Cheryl Tiegs to the list of actors. Syfy has also given character descriptions. Check out the whole list below!

"Gary Busey (LETHAL WEAPON, CELEBRITY APPRENTICE), as Wilford Wexler, April’s father and a lead scientist at Astro-X. He’s at the forefront of advances in the field of robotics.
Tommy Davidson (BLACK DYNAMITE, LIVING IN COLOR), as Aston Reynolds, playboy tech billionaire. Aston is the CEO of tech company Astro-X, developers of a revolutionary energy system that can stabilize the atmosphere and prevent the formation of tornadoes.
Imani Hakim (EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS), as Gabrielle, Matt’s best friend and a fellow soldier. Gabrielle is tough and no-nonsense, can take care of herself and isn’t afraid to show what she’s capable of doing.
Cody Linley (HANNAH MONTANA, MELISSA & JOEY), as Matt, Fin and April’s eldest son.  After surviving the first Sharknado, Matt finished flight school and joined the Army. He’s experienced the events of the last six years from afar and longs to reunite with his American Hero father.
Masiela Lusha (GEORGE LOPEZ), as Gemini, Fin’s cousin. Ever resourceful, Gemini is chock full of shark-busting attitude and is ready to dive into the fight once the sharks hit the fan.
Cheryl Tiegs (THE APPRENTICE), as Raye, Fin’s mother and Col. Gil Shepard’s ex-wife. Raye is a little bit of a former flower child, but not afraid to speak her mind or protect her family."

ANON

Amanda Seyfried in LES MISERABLES

Amanda Seyfried in LES MISERABLES

ANON is LORD OF WAR director Andrew Niccol's upcoming spy thriller starring Clive Owen. According to Variety, LES MISERABLES actress Amanda Seyfried has joined to star opposite of Owen.

The synopsis is described as follows by Variety.

"In ANON, Owen plays a detective in the psychological thriller set in a world with no privacy, ignorance or anonymity. All lives are transparent, traceable and recorded by the authorities. It’s the end of crime, it seems. However, when Owen’s character stumbles on a young woman (Seyfried) with no digital footprint and invisible to the police, he discovers it may not be the end of crime but the beginning."

MACGYVER

George Eads in CSI.

George Eads in CSI.

This television reboot is set to co-star George Eads, best known for his role as Nick Stokes in CSI, THR reports. In addition to this bit of casting, HELL ON WHEELS and CODE BLACK director David Von Ancken will be directing the pilot in place of James Wan, who had a scheduling conflict, as he is in post-production on THE CONJURING 2. Wan will remain as executive producer of the series.  

"Described as a re-imagining of the television series of the same name, the reboot follows a 20-something MacGyver as he gets recruited into a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening."

Unnamed Robert Zemeckis Thriller

Lizzy Caplan in MASTERS OF SEX.

Lizzy Caplan in MASTERS OF SEX.

MASTERS OF SEX star Lizzy Caplan has reportedly joined the upcoming thriller from director Robert Zemeckis, Deadline reports. She will be joining actors Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, and according to the outlet, she is rumored to play Brad Pitt's sister.

Not a lot is known about the film, but we do know that the script has been penned by BURNT and SEVENTH SON writer Steven Knight.

SOURCES: TheWrap, Variety, Deadline, THR

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