9:43am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Scott Speedman to Star in Ryan Murphy's HBO Drama 'Open'
Scott Speedman is returning to the small screen.
The actor, who most recently starred in ABC's short-lived Navy drama Last Resort, has joined the cast of Ryan Murphy's HBO drama pilot Open, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Speedman will play Jonathan, a handsome sports agent in the drama that explores sexuality. He joins The Hunger Games alum Wes Bentley in the pilot.
Open is described as a multi-character exploration of the complex, ever-evolving landscape of sexuality, monogamy and intimacy in relationships. Murphy and Lauren Gussis (Dexter) penned the pilot and will executive produce.
Bentley plays the handsome but arrogant Evan Foster, a bit of a blowhard who loves espousing his theories on human sexuality.
Glee and American Horror Story's Dante Di Loreto will executive produce for Ryan Murphy Television and 20th Television's cable arm Fox 21. (Murphy is under an overall deal at 20th.)
HBO ordered the drama to pilot in April. Should it move forward, it would mark Murphy's third series on the air, joining Glee and FX's American Horror Story. Oxygen, meanwhile, has yet to make a formal decision about the future of unscripted entry The Glee Project, while NBC recently canceled The New Normal after one season.
Open marks Murphy's second project with HBO, joining his adaptation of Larry Kramer's Tony-winning play The Normal Heart. Production on Normal Heart, which Murphy will executive produce and direct, will begin this year, with a premiere eyed for 2014. Jason Blum, Dede Gardner and Di Loreto also will executive produce.
Speedman, whose credits include Felicity and features Underworld, XXX: State of the Union and Dark Blue, is repped by WME and Circle of Confusion.