At long last, Josh Pence, The Social Network’s other Winkelvoss, will finally be getting some much deserved face-time – thanks to Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming HBO newsroom drama More As This Story Develops.
Sorkin’s backstage look at the news network business is in the final stages of casting – after a lengthy process, which has landed them an enviable cast featuring Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Alison Pill, Sam Waterson and Olivia Munn.
Now, the show has begun to fill its supporting roles – and has chosen John Gallagher Jr. (The West Wing, Pieces of April) and Thomas Sadoski (Ugly Betty, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit).
While both have film and television credits to their name, the actors have earned the majority of their acclaim from stage performances. Gallagher is a Tony Award winner for his performance in Spring Awakening, while Sadoski was nominated for a Tony for his role in Reasons to be Pretty.
Gallagher has taken the part of Jim, who, due to his crush on associate producer Maggie (Alison Pill) stuck around with news anchor Will (Jeff Daniels) and his executive producer Mackenzie (Emily Mortimer) in the wake of Will’s show being massively restructured - after his protégé and co-host abruptly left to star in his own news program.
Meanwhile, Sadoski will play the former executive producer of Will’s show - who broke rank and joined forces with the as-yet-uncast turncoat.
Pence, has been cast as Rob, who also has an interest in Maggie, and, in fact has been in a relationship with her for several months – but nevertheless becomes jealous over the burgeoning romance she has with Jim.
While Pence’s Social Network performance undoubtedly deserves a great deal of praise, his lack of noticeable screen time can be chalked up to ‘taking one for the team.’ It seems the real stardom was handed over to Armie Hammer – whose face was emblazoned over Pence’s through digital wizardry.
Hammer has since signed on to such high-profile gigs as Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar, Tarsem Singh’s Snow White and Gore Verbinksi’s Lone Ranger – where Hammer will get a crash course in playing second fiddle to a guy named Johnny Depp.
Things are rapidly improving for Pence, though. Along with his upcoming role in More As This Story Develops, the actor has also been drafted into the big leagues with a spot on Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises – as a young Ra’s Al Ghul. Here’s hoping Nolan doesn’t layer Liam Nesson’s visage over the young up-and-comer.
Despite the list of acclaimed actors on More As This Story Develops, the major storyline culled from all the casting information seems to revolve around Alison Pill and her would-be suitors. While I’m certain there is more to this program than Alison Pill’s little black book, Sorkin’s name has unfortunately caused a serious case of need-to-know on my behalf.
Because Sorkin has essentially been trying to get this project off the ground since 1998 (one could claim it existed in other versions as Sports Night and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) – it will be interesting to watch the progression of, not only Sorkin’s storytelling ability, but also the difference between television thirteen years ago, and television now. The fact that Sorkin has landed what looks to be his best chance at telling this TV-centric story of his on HBO, speaks volumes about where the future of scripted television is headed.
More As This Story Develops is slated to debut on HBO sometime in 2012.
Source: TV Line