Disney Channel ingénue Lili Simmons (Geek Charming, Zeke and Luther) is shedding her mouse ears and tackling a racy new role in Banshee, Cinemax’s upcoming 10-episode drama series from True Blood boss Alan Ball and former House executive producer Greg Yaitanes.
The project, written by authors Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler, centers on Lucas (played by New Zealand thesp Antony Starr), an ex-convict and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Penn, and continues to carry out his criminal activities even as shadowy gangsters hunt him.
Simmons will play the series regular role of Rebecca Bowman, a local Amish girl in her early 20s who lives a devout life by day but is a rebellious, sexually adventurous party girl by night.
The cast also includes Ivana Milicevic (Charlie’s Angels), Rus Blackwell (Burn Notice) Ulrich Thomsen (The Thing), Matt Servitto (Harry’s Law), Trieste Dunn (Canterbury’s Law), Daniel Ross Owens (The Lying Game, Detroit 1-8-7) and Hoon Lee (Blue Bloods, White Collar).
Yaitanes, who’s directing the opener, will serve as an exec producer alongside Ball, Trooper, Schickler and Peter Macdissi.