In other new pilot castings, teenage Carrie Bradshaw gets a father, Anthony Edwards and Cuba Gooding Jr. land wives and more.
In Scruples, which is being executive-produced by Natalie Portman, Forlani will star as Billy Winthrop, a powerful clothing designer — the role played by Bionic Woman Lindsay Wagner in the 1980 miniseries. Kodjoe meanwhile has been cast as Josh Hillman, the attorney of Billy’s late husband. Also, Jessica McNamee (Australia’s Packed to the Rafters) will play Maggie, a celebrity journalist and Billy’s BFF.
In other news, per our sister site Deadline:
* Eli Stone alum Matt Letscher, who has a recurring role on the midseason NBC comedy Bent, will play dad to AnnaSophia Robb’s Carrie Bradshaw in The Carrie Diaries, the ’80s-themed CW drama based on Candace Bushnell’s novel.
* Jacinda Barrett (Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason) will play ER vet Anthony Edwards’ wife in ABC’s Zero Hour, while Michael Nyqvist (from the Swedish Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) has been cast as White Vincent, one of the villains behind the drama’s central conspiracy.
* Sharon Leal (Hellcats) is Cuba Gooding Jr.’s sexy, savvy spouse in the Fox drama pilot Guilty.
* Drew Van Acker aka Pretty Little Liars‘ Jason has joined Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry’s Devious Maids, playing the son of an affluent Beverly Hills family.
* Tim Guinee (The Good Wife) has joined NBC’s Revolution, from J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke and to be directed by Jon Favreau. The high-octane drama follows a group of people struggling to survive in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist.