AMC’s 1980s-set pilot “Halt & Catch Fire” has tapped Lee Pace as its lead.
The “Pushing Daisies” star will play a computer visionary in the pilot, which is about the PC revolution of the 1980s. His character is a former top salesman at IBM who joins a Dallas tech firm. Mackenzie Davis (“Smashed”) will also star as a gifted young programmer.
If it’s picked up, “Halt & Catch Fire” will be the first series role for Pace since “Pushing Daisies” ended in 2009. His recent movie credits include “Lincoln” and “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”; he’ll be in the next two “Hobbit” films as well.
More pilot casting:
– Alicia Silverstone will star in Lifetime’s pilot “HR,” which has been in development for almost a year. Silverstone plays the head of human resources at a big company who changes her outlook on life and work after suffering a head injury. [Deadline]
– Brittany Snow, whose run on FOX’s “Ben and Kate” was cut short when the show was canceled, has joined another FOX comedy, “To My Future Assistant.” She’ll play an assistant at a law firm who has recently passed the bar exam and wants to move up the ladder.
– NBC’s “Believe” has added Delroy Lindo to its cast. The drama is about a young girl with great powers and the ex-con (Jake McLaughlin) assigned to protect her from harm; Lindo will play Winter, a man who poses as a priest. [Hollywood Reporter]
– Lindsay Sloane (“Grosse Pointe,” “Horrible Bosses”) will star opposite Sean Hayes in his NBC pilot from “Better Off Ted” creator Victor Fresco. She’ll play a close friend of Hayes’ single-father character. [TVLine]
– CBS’ drama pilot “Reckless” has cast “Twilight” and “The O.C.” bad guy Cam Gigandet in one of its lead roles. The show revolves around the attraction between a prosecutor in Charleston, S.C. (Gigandet) and the female lawyer from up north who’s opposing him in court. Michael Gladis (“Mad Men”) has also joined the show as Charleston’s chief of police.
– British actor Tom Mison (“Parade’s End”) will star in FOX’s drama “Sleepy Hollow” as Ichabod Crane. The character is transported from the late 1700s to the present day and teams with a detective when the Headless Horseman begins terrorizing the town. [Deadline]
– Hamish Linklater, late of “The Good Wife,” has joined “The Crazy Ones” at CBS. He’ll play the art director of an ad agency run by the father-daughter team of Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar.
– NBC’s “The Sixth Gun” has cast Laura Ramsey (“The Ruins”) in its lead role. Her character comes into possession of the titular weapon, which has otherworldly properties and a whole lot of bad people looking for it. [Deadline]