Callie Hernandez (Graves) is set as the female lead in Fox’s musical drama pilot Mixtape, from former Smash showrunner Josh Safran and from Annapurna Television. She joins previously cast Madeline Stowe.
Written by Safran and directed by Jesse Peretz, Mixtape is a romantic musical drama that looks at a disparate group of interconnected people in contemporary Los Angeles through the lens of the music that defines who they are. Mixtape captures the different stages of love, exploring if time can heal a broken heart and if love can withstand life’s tragedies.
Hernandez will play Nellie, whose job in admissions at an arts college and relationship with an up-and-coming musician have derailed her own dreams of becoming an artist.
Quantico creator Safran executive produces with Annapurna’s Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle. Ali Krug is co-executive producer.
Hernandez most recently was a series regular on Graves for the comedy’s two-season run on Epix and next will appear in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Too Old to Die Young drama series for Amazon. Her feature credits include Under the Silver Lake, Alien: Covenant and La La Land. Hernandez is repped by CAA, Management 360 and attorney Erik Hyman.
There will be no Season 3 for Nick Nolte starrer Graves. MGM-owned Epix has canceled its first scripted comedy series after two seasons, Deadline has confirmed. Graves wrapped its 10-episode sophomore season on December 10, with the season finale now serving as a series finale.
Graves followed former two-term Republican President Richard Graves (Nick Nolte) as he embarks on a Don Quixote-like quest to right the wrongs of his administration and reclaim his legacy 25 years after leaving the White House. His enlightenment takes place as his wife Margaret (Sela Ward), decides to pursue her own political ambitions. Season 2 picked up with Graves turning inward in search of the man he used to be before he was President. The series also starred Skylar Astin, Heléne Yorke, Chris Lowell and Callie Hernandez.
Produced by Lionsgate in association with Kingsgate Films, Graves was created by Joshua Michael Stern who also serveed as showrunner. Academy Award winner Greg Shapiro and Rebecca Kirshner served as executive producers, Abby Gewanter was supervising producer, and Emmy-winning Bill Hill and Jack Moore were producers.
Epix entered the original series arena with series orders to its three co-owners, Paramount (Berlin Station), Lionsgate (Graves) and MGM (Get Shorty). Berlin Station and Graves were first to go into production and premiere in 2016, and Berlin Station was recently renewed for a third season. Get Shorty premiered in August of this year.
irector Nicolas Winding Refn has unveiled the cast for his upcoming Amazon series Too Old to Die Young. The crime-drama is co-written by Captain America: The Winter Soldier scribe Ed Brubaker and will be entirely directed by Refn. Amazon has ordered 10 episodes.
Set in L.A.’s criminal underworld, Too Old to Die Young will follow “characters’ existential journeys from being killers to becoming samurais,” according to the official synopsis. Previously, Miles Teller was announced as the series lead, playing a grieving cop named Martin who gets sucked into a John Wickian criminal grab-bag world of hardened hit-men, Yakuza, cartel killers from across the border, Russian gangsters and gangs of murderous teen crazies (there will be a little something for everyone, in other words).
Director Nicolas Winding Refn has now unveiled the full cast for Too Old to Die Young. For some reason, Refn elected to do this by posting a tweet of himself in dark glasses presenting headshots of the actors.
We now know that Miles Teller will be joined in Too Old to Die Young by Nell Tiger Free (Myrcella on Game of Thrones), John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone), Cristina Rodlo (El Vato), Augusto Aguilera (The Predator), Babs Olusanmokun (The Defenders), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Callie Hernandez (Alien: Covenant) and – getting the place of honor in Refn’s lap – Billy Baldwin (Backdraft).
Refn throughout his career has been fascinated with stories about criminals, going all the way back to his earliest days with his Pusher trilogy. Refn reached another level with Drive, his acclaimed ’80s aesthetic-obsessed thriller starring Ryan Gosling as a steely getaway driver discovering his humanity after linking up with a single mom played by Carey Mulligan. Things then took a turn toward the exotic and heavy-handedly symbolist (and awful, in some people’s minds) with Only God Forgives, starring Gosling as a drug-smuggler living in Bangkok who is compelled by his mother to go out and viciously murder the people who killed his brother.
Visually, Refn’s crime films are always rich and bizarre, and he loves achieving a certain deliberate pace punctuated by sudden bursts of horrific violence. We don’t know how Refn’s approach might change switching from the film medium to series television, but it’s fair to assume whatever he delivers with Too Old to Die Young will be incredibly weird and occasionally sickeningly blood-drenched and shocking. The cast he’s assembled is undoubtedly cool and talented – plus there’s a Baldwin – and for that reason alone, the series should be worth checking out.