9:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Regina Hall, Paul Scheer, Casey Wilson Join Showtime's Don Cheadle Comedy
Showtime's Don Cheadle vehicle Ball Street is adding to its cast.
The Wall Street comedy pilot has enlisted Regina Hall (Girls Trip) and Paul Sheer (The League) as series regulars, with Happy Endings grad Casey Wilson booking a guest role and reuniting with her husband, David Caspe, who created the project.
Ball Street kicks off on Oct. 19, 1987 — aka Black Monday, the day of the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street. The potential series will explore who caused it, as it revolves around a group of outsiders who take on Wall Street.
Cheadle, who won a Golden Globe and scored four Emmy nominations for Showtime comedy House of Lies, stars as a self-educated, self-made, self-destructive master of the universe whose firm the financial press called “The L.A. Raiders of corporate raiders.” Andrew Rannells, a two-time Tony nominee, plays Blair Shmerman, a fresh-out-of-Wharton trading prodigy whose pure heart will struggle to survive Wall Street (from both a metaphoric and a cocaine-use standpoint).
The top lieutenant to Cheadle's character, Dawn Darcy, will be played by Hall. The character is the first female head trader on the street, who’ll ride the second wave of feminism through a sea of horny millionaires. Sheer will play fellow trader Keith, while Eugene Cordero (Kong: Skull Island) is set to play Ronnie. Kurt Braunohler (The Big Sick) takes on the role of Ty Daverman, a vp at Morgan Stanley. Wilson, who guest stars in the pilot and will recur if Ball Street gets picked up to series, will play Tiff, Blair's (Rannells) girlfriend.
Production begins this month in Los Angeles.
Ball Street is from Happy Endings creator David Caspe and Jordan Cahan, who exec produce alongside Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Ball Street is a co-production between Showtime and Sony Pictures Television, where Rogen and Goldberg — who will direct the pilot — are under an overall deal. Rogen and Goldberg will direct the pilot, which was redeveloped from a script at Showtime a few years ago. Caspe, who created ABC critical favorite Happy Endings, is lifelong friends with Cahan, and the duo previously teamed on NBC's short-lived comedy Marry Me, where the latter was a supervising producer.
Hall (Girls Trip, Think Like a Man) is repped by ICM Partners, Principato-Young and Stone Genow. Scheer, who is also attached to pen the script for a Galaxy Quest reboot at Amazon and who counts ABC's Fresh Off the Boat among his credits, is with UTA and Schreck Rose. Wilson, who previously teamed with husband Caspe on Happy Endings and NBC's Marry Me, is with UTA, Rise Management and Ziffren Brittenham.