Saturday, April 19, 2008

BREAKING: Casting Update on Whedon's "Dollhouse"

By Heather Chin

According to the Ausiello Report, there are three new casting confirmations for Joss Whedon's upcoming Fox series, "Dollhouse."

Harry Lennix, formerly of "Commander in Chief" and a guest stint on "24," has been tapped to portray Boyd, an ex-cop who acts as a bodyguard to Eliza Dushku's Echo. Also, Miracle Laurie will play plus-sized doll November, whose comforting and radiant presence tends to get her fewer of the criminal gigs and more of the personal ones. Laurie's previous credits are unknown as of the time of this posting.

In more exciting news (at least to Whedon and Buffyverse fans), "Angel" vet, Amy Acker, will be joining the show's cast in the recurring role of Dr. Claire Saunders, the "smart yet sad looker-after of the tdtolls who may or may not have a crush on nerdy programmer Topher (Fran Kranz).

Dollhouse was pitched and given the green light back before the writer's strike went down, so casting has been able to get under way pretty quickly since negotiations concluded in March. The story is about a sort of lab - the dollhouse - where humans who have been engineered to exist without a personal identity are rented out and programmed with the persona requested by a customer's whim. Dushku, of "Tru Calling" and "Buffy" fame, is set to star as Echo, a female doll who begins to think for herself, thus threatening to blow the roof off of the Dollhouse.

Previous Dollhouse castings include Olivia Williams (who recently portrayed Jane Austen in a BBC biopic), Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica), Fran Kranz (Welcome to the Captain), Dichen Lachman and Enver Gjokaj.

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