Once Upon a Time in Wonderland‘s Peter Gadiot is trading the Red Queen’s rule for a Pharaoh’s trust.
The actor, who played genie Cyrus on the late ABC drama, has joined the cast of Spike TV’s six-hour event series Tut.
The project stars Avan Jogia (Twisted) as King Tutankhamun, the youngest Pharaoh ever to lord over Ancient Egypt. Gadiot will portray his close confidant and seemingly loyal friend from childhood, Ka, who harbors a secret love for Tut’s wife.
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* Syfy’s upcoming 10-episode space drama The Expanse has tapped Shohreh Aghdashloo (24) to play a smart and passionate member of a political family legacy who has risen high in the ranks of Earth’s governing body. The series, set 200 years in the future, follows the case of a missing young woman who brings together a hardened detective (played by Hung‘s Thomas Jane) and a rogue ship’s captain in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.
alien alum Greg Finley will battle The Flash this fall when he guest-stars as the villainous Girder, who can transform his skin into living metal, Zap2It reports.
* Today co-host Hoda Kotb will appear in an episode of Law & Order: SVU that also includes guest stars Ron Rifkin (Alias) and Brian D’Arcy James (Smash), EW.com reports. Rifkin will reprise his role as Counselor Marvin Exley, who’s representing a young Hollywood starlet in trouble with the law, while James plays a top-level producer.
* Winona Ryder, Alfred Molina (Monday Mornings) and Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) have boarded HBO’s six-hour miniseries Show Me a Hero, from The Wire co-creator David Simon, our sister site Deadline reports. The project, based on Lisa Belkin’s 1999 non-fiction book, follows the struggles of a young mayor (Inside Llewyn Davis‘ Oscar Isaac) ordered by the federal court to build low-income housing units in his city’s white neighborhoods.