Pilot Scoop: Anna Friel Cast Opposite Kyle Chandler in Showtime Drama The Vatican

frielDid someone just dump a box of Miracle-Gro on a couple of former Daisies?

Anna Friel has been cast opposite Kyle Chandler in Showtime’s The Vatican — the same week that her Pushing Daisies co-star Lee Pace booked a cable pilot of his own.

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The project, directed by Ridley Scott and penned by Paul Attanasio (House), is a provocative contemporary genre thriller about spirituality, power and politics – set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic church. Chandler’s character is the progressive Archbishop of New York, who causes a stir within the hierarchy of the Church.

Friel will play Kayla Duffy, younger sister/foil to Chandler’s Cardinal Thomas Duffy. Kayla is a sexually active, hard-partying New Yorker who rebels against the Church but loves her brother very deeply — and although they’re close, she’s a liability to his professional goals.

British actress Friel played Charlotte “Chuck” Charles, love interest of Pace’s Ned on the whimsical Pushing Daisies. Earlier this week, Pace signed on to star in AMC’s Halt & Catch Fire pilot from Breaking Bad EP Mark Johnson.

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