Peter Gallagher and Olivia Thirlby have joined the cast of DeTour, the network’s comedy pilot inspired by the life of the Weezer lead singer, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The single-camera comedy centers on Michael Sturges (Ben Aldridge), a rock star who, at age 30, makes the unexpected choice to quit his band and go back to college.
Gallagher (Togetherness, Covert Affairs) will play Professor Zaring, Tate University’s most respected and feared instructor with whom Michael has a contentious relationship. The role brings Gallagher back into the Fox family after his role on The O.C. He’s repped by Gersh and John Carrabino.
Thirlby (Juno, The Wedding Ringer) is set as Gabrielle, Zaring’s teaching assistant. The casting reunites her with Jeremy Garelick, who will direct the DeTour pilot. The role marks Thirlby’s first broadcast pilot after feature roles in Dredd and No Strings Attached. She’s repped by CAA, 3 Arts and Hansen Jacobson.
Olivia Thirlby (Juno, Dredd) and Nelsan Ellis (True Blood) have joined the ensemble cast of The Stanford Prison Experiment, about the infamous 1971 psychological exercise in which college students exhibited shocking cruel and sadistic behavior when divided into camps of prisoners and prison guards.
elmed by Kyle Alvarez (C.O.G.), the Tim Talbott-scripted film stars Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, and Billy Crudup as Dr. Philip Zimbardo, the Stanford professor who would later write the book on the psychology of good and evil behavior. Thirlby will play Christina Zimbardo, Professor Zimbardo’s wife and fellow academic. She’s currently starring in O.P.C. at the American Repertory Theater with Melissa Leo and next appears onscreen in The Wedding Ringer in January. Ellis, who had a beloved run as Lafayette Reynolds on HBO’s True Blood, will play Jesse Fletcher in Stanford. He appeared as Martin Luther King, Jr. in Lee Daniels’ The Butler and was seen earlier this year in Universal’s James Brown biopic Get On Up.