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Phylicia Rashad, Kat Foster to Star in Amazon's Jean-Claude Van Damme Comedy (Exclusive)
Amazon is setting the cast for its upcoming Jean-Claude Van Damme comedy series.
Phylicia Rashad, Kat Foster and Moises Arias have boarded action comedy Jean-Claude Van Johnson, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The series stars Van Damme as a heightened version of himself — an action movie actor who comes out of retirement to resume his alter ego, undercover private contractor Jean-Claude Johnson. Johnson's cover as the lead role in a reimagined action film version of Huckleberry Finn lands him right back in the midst of the danger he secretly always craves — but most importantly, back in the orbit of Vanessa, his fellow operative and the woman he loves.
Foster ('Til Death, Your Family or Mine, Rebirth) will play Vanessa, an international undercover operative whose cover is working as a hair and makeup artist for film shoots. She spent years as his right-hand woman and fell in love with him on their last assignments together. She's now determined to keep him at arm's length when he deliberately gets himself assigned to her new mission in Bulgaria.
Rashad will take on the role of Jane Hardy, Jean-Claude's agent who doubles as the head of the secret-ops group for which he and Vanessa work. Arias (Hannah Montana, The Kings of Summer) will portray Luis, a young secret agent who works with Vanessa.
Jean-Claude Van Johnson is written by The Expendables' Dave Callaham, who executive produces alongside Scott Free Television's Ridley Scott and David Zucker. Peter Atencio will direct. The project has been in the works since late 2014, when Callaham wrote it on spec for Scott Free and Van Damme. Production is being eyed to start in mid-May in Los Angeles.
Rashad (The Cosby Show, Creed) is repped by Innovative and Parseghian Planco; Foster is with Paradigm, Management 360 and attorney James Adams; and Arias is with TalentWorks and Myman Greenspan.