HBO has found the main cast for the pilot comedy directed by Sam Mendes Franchising.
The pilot, which marks Mendes’ first time as a director for American television, is set in the production of a superhero movie. Billy Magnussen (Game night, made for love), Jessica Hynes (range), Darren Goldstein (Ozark), Lolly Adefope (jarring) and Isaac Powell (American Horror Story) star, and Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) and Richard E. Grant (Can you forgive me?) will have a recurring role so Franchising go to series.
Franchising, according to the show’s description, will follow “a hopeful crew trapped inside the hilarious, no-nonsense, hellish setting of the superhero franchise’s making. If and when they finally succeed, the question they face – is this the new dawn of Hollywood or the final stop of cinema? Is this a dream factory or a chemical factory?”
Mendes originated the idea for the show and will direct. Jon Brown (HBO’s .) Veep and 5 avenue) wrote the pilot and will act as host. Mendes, through his Neal Street Productions, and Brown will executive produce with Veep creator Armando Iannucci; Pippa Harris, Nicolas Brown and Julie Pastor of Neal Street; and Keith Akushie, Marina Hyde and Jim Kleverweis.
Magnussen is represented by UTA, Anonymous Content and Sloane Offers; Hynes of Independent Talent Group and Seven Summits Pictures & Management; Goldstein of Cornerstone Talent Agency and Suskin/Karshan Management; Dawn Sedgwick Management’s Adefope; CAA’s Powell, Impression Entertainment and Schreck Rose; Brühl of UTA, Tavistock Wood and Players; and Grant of Curtis Brown in the UK and WME in the US