Hip-hop artist and actor Shad Moss (aka Bow Wow) has joined the cast of the CBS spin-off in the series-regular role of cyber-intrusion savant Brody “Baby Face” Nelson, CBS announced on Tuesday.
The youngster is ordered by a judge to work with Special Agent Avery Ryan (Patricia Arquette) “on loan” to assist with a cyber case — or else he goes to prison. Nelson struggles working for the Feds while trying to keep his fingertips out of the Deep Web, where he was groomed to be one of the most prolific hackers in the world.
“Bow Wow is a gifted young actor who will have the responsibility, through his character, to set an example for young people who watch the show to ‘do what’s right’ even when you know ‘nothing but wrong,’” Anthony E. Zuiker, creator of the CSI franchise, said in a statement. “It will be a redemption story and a cautionary tale all wrapped into one. The role of Nelson required someone with deep acting chops and off-the-charts smarts. Shad Moss is a unique talent that possesses both.”
In addition to his music career, Moss has appeared on Entourage, Moesha, The Steve Harvey Show, Smallville and Ugly Betty.
Born of an April episode of CSI proper and inspired by the work of real-life cyber psychologist Mary Aiken, CSI: Cyber centers on the FBI’s Cyber Crime Division, which targets illegal activities that start in the mind, live online, and play out in the real world.
The cast also includes Friends With Better Lives‘ James Van Der Beek as FBI Agent Elijah Mundo, Community‘s Charley Koontz as Agent Daniel Grummitz and Peter MacNicol (Numb3rs) as Avery’s supervisor, Assistant Director Stavros Sifter.
CBS is eyeing a midseason launch for the CSI spin-off.