EXCLUSIVE: Tony-winning actor Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen), The Vampire Diaries alum Nina Dobrev, and Mena Massoud, star of Disney’s live-action Aladdin film, have signed on to topline the drama pic Run This Town, along with Emmy winner Damian Lewis (Billions, Homeland). The film was written by Ricky Tollman, who will also direct the piece, marking his feature directorial debut.
The plot follows a young journalist (Platt), desperate to prove himself, who catches wind of a scandal involving a flashy, unpredictable politician with no filter (Lewis). Political aides (Massoud and Dobrev) attempt to keep their boss in check – and
the story under wraps – in order to save their jobs.
Randy Manis (Lawless, Kill Your Darlings) and Jonathan Bronfman (The Witch, Patti Cakes) are producing the project, while Ariella Naymark will co-produce. CounterNarrative Films, recently launched by J.C. Chandor, Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb, will serve as exec producer.
Platt, who will next be seen starring in Ryan Murphy’s new Netflix series The Politician, is repped by CAA, One Entertainment, and Jackoway Tyerman. Dobrev’s upcoming film slate includes Departures, Dog Days, and Lucky Day. She is repped by Lighthouse Management & Media and CAA. Mena, repped by ICM, Stokes Management, The Characters Talent Agency in Canada, and Myman Greenspan, appears in Amazon’s upcoming series Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, opposite John Krasinski.
Lewis can currently be seen as Bobby Axelrod on the recently debuted third season of Showtime’s Billions. His reps are UTA, Markham, Froggatt & Irwin, and Jackoway, Tyerman, Wertheimer.
Tollman produced the upcoming film Jonathan, starring Ansel Elgort, Matt Bomer, and Suki Waterhouse, which will premiere next month at Tribeca.
EXCLUSIVE: She’s back! Former The Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev, is returning to television and switching things up with a comedic turn as the lead of CBS multi-camera comedy Fam, from writer Corinne Kingsbury, Kapital Entertainment and CBS TV Studios.
Written by Kingsbury and directed by Scott Ellis, Fam is about a woman, Clem (Dobrev) whose younger half-sister, Shannon (Odessa Adlon), comes to live with her and her fiancé to escape their train wreck of a father.
Dobrev’s Clem is grounded, deeply funny, quick-witted and outspoken. She was a bit of a hot mess in her younger years, but since then, she has worked hard to create the best version of herself and her life is on track. She is a real charmer who is ecstatic when Jay, the love of her life, proposes. In the “best version of herself,” she claims that her own father is long dead, but the fact is that her dad, Freddy Banks, whom she hasn’t seen in 10 years, is such an embarrassment that she has lied about his death. And when her half-sister Shannon shows up unexpectedly, Clem’s lie is about to become painfully obvious to everyone who trusted and believed her. And that lie just might end her relationship with Jay for good.
Kingsbury executive produces with Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor as well as Wendi Trilling via TrillTV. In addition to Adlon, Dobrev joins previously cast Brian Stokes Mitchell and Sheryl Lee Ralph.
Following her six-season run as the lead Elena on The Vampire Diaries, Bulgarian-born Dobrev, who returned for the series finale, has been focused on features, starring in Paramount’s xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Sony’s Flatliners reboot, and indie comedy Crashpad opposite Christina Applegate and Domnhall Gleeson. She will be seen in the upcoming indies Dog Days directed by Ken Marino, Departures opposite Maisie Williams and Asa Butterfield, and Roger Avary’s Lucky Day.
Dobrev is repped by Lighthouse Management and Media and CAA.
Today Nina announced on Instagram that she will be reprising her role of Elena for the series finale of “The Vampire Diaries”!