Big News for Under the Dome
CBS’s big series this summer is bound to be Under the Dome, the show written by Brian K. Vaughan based on Stephen King‘s novel with the same name. Although I’ve covered news stories on the series before, over the past few weeks there have been many other new developments.
Perhaps the biggest piece of news for the series came from a story out of Hitfix that CBS has partnered with Amazon to distribute the series. Based on this new agreement each episode of the upcoming series will be available on Amazon Prime 4 days after their original TV airing. Wrapped up in this deal are also exclusive sales and download rights for Amazon.
In addition to the CBS/Amazon partnership comes a flood of casting news for the series. First up is news out of Deadline that actress Aisha Hinds will play Carolyn Hill. In the breakdown the character is described as, “a take-no-prisoners Los Angeles entertainment attorney who is trapped in Chester’s Mill while driving through town with her partner, and their daughter, on their way to deliver their teenaged daughter to a camp for troubled youth.” Hinds can currently be seen in a recurring role on The CW’s new series Cult.
Next we have another supporting role, this time coming from a news story on The Hollywood Reporter. Breaking Bad’s Dean Norris has been cast in the role of Big Jim, “the successful owner of Chester’s Mill’s used car dealership and a town councilman who takes his position seriously.” Breaking Bad comes back in a few months to polish off its last 8 episodes, and if the timing lines up like I think it will, both shows will overlap in their airing.
The last casting news to come out was for the two leads of the series. Deadline broke the story that Mike Vogel has been cast as the lead actor for Under the Dome. Vogel will play Barbie, “an Army veteran who is in Chester’s Mill on a mysterious mission.” In the near future, Vogel will be seen in a major recurring role on A&E’s upcoming series Bates Motel. Lastly, Hitfix dropped the news that the lead female role of Julia will be played by actress Rachelle Lefevre. Not much is known about the character of Julia other than that she is an investigative reporter and new resident of the town. She will take an interest in Barbie early on in the series.
With all of this news coming out, I am even more excited for the series to premiere this summer. This batch of news is likely the bulk of the important casting news the series had left, so I imagine that things will settle down a little bit until the series premiere in July.