Jolene Purdy and Nicholas Strong to Go ‘Under the Dome’
Set to begin filming in Wilmington, North Carolina in February, the upcoming CBS adaptation of the Stephen King novel Under the Dome, executive produced by Steven Spielberg, has added two more residents to the fictional town of Chester’s Mill.
Deadline revealed yesterday that Jolene Purdy (Glee) and Nicholas Strong (Nashville) have joined the rapidly growing list of cast members.
Purdy will play Dodee, “a brilliant, eccentric engineer at the local radio station who will draw on her unique skills in an effort to make contact with the world outside the dome”.
Strong will play Phil, “a popular radio DJ and indie rock fanatic, a charismatic figure with a dark secret”.
The 13-episode serialized drama based on Stephen King’s best-selling 2009 novel, about a small town that is unexpectedly sealed off from rest of the world by a giant transparent dome, will be produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, premiering on Monday, June 24 at 10pm on CBS.
Production on the series begins in February in Wilmington, NC, at EUE/Screen Gems Studios, where much of Iron Man 3 was also filmed in 2012.
Niels Arden Oplev, the Swedish director of the original The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, will direct the pilot episode, while Brian K. Vaughan (Lost) will serve as showrunner with both King and Spielberg along as executive producers.
Colin Ford (We Bought a Zoo) was the first cast member announced. He will play Joe, “a teenager living in Chester’s Mill, a very smart kid who’s understandably freaked out when he discovers that the mysterious barrier covers the whole town — and both his parents are outside of it.”
Charlotte, NC native Britt Robertson will play “Angie, an attractive young waitress and aspiring nurse who’s always dreamed of escaping the town of Chester’s Mill”.
Natalie Martinez (Death Race) has been cast as Linda, ”a young, ambitious deputy who is fiercely loyal to Sheriff Duke Perkins, the man who runs a tight ship in the town of Chester’s Mill”.
In addition, Alex Koch has been cast as Junior Rennie, the son of a local politician and car dealer, described as “a smart, secretly deeply disturbed college freshman who’s desperately in love with local waitress Angie”.
Expect to see the first teaser for Under the Dome to air on CBS during the network’s coverage of the Super Bowl this Sunday, Feb. 3.
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