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May good PR be with him
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens star John Boyega has signed with PR agency Rogers & Cowan. The British actor, who plays a Storm Trooper protagonist, will soon be seen everywhere when the film is finally released this December. Boyega first earned praise for his lead role in the 2011 British sci-fi action comedy Attack the Block. Last month he moved from CAA to WME.
He’s the good cop
Chicago P.D.’s Jon Seda has signed with APA. The former boxer plays Det. Antonio Dawson on the NBC drama after serving series regular roles on Treme, Close to Home and Kevin Hill. In 2010 he starred in the HBO miniseries The Pacific, and his other television appearances include Oz, Third Watch, Homicide: Life on the Street and, of course, Chicago Fire. Seda’s big-screen credits include Carlito’s Way, Twelve Monkeys and Selena.
Getting back in front of the camera
Fred Savage has signed with publicity firm PMK*BNC. The former Wonder Years star has directed more than 150 TV movies and episodes over the past decade and a half, including episodes of 2 Broke Girls, Modern Family and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. In September he returns to series regular, acting as Rob Lowe’s brother in the Fox comedy The Grinder. In May he signed with WME (he was previously at CAA) and continues to repped by attorney Karl Austen at Jackoway Tyerman.
PMK*BNC also has signed Broadway actor Christopher Jackson. Jackson plays George Washington in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical sensation Hamilton, which began previews on Broadway this month. Jackson, who debuted on the Great White Way as a Simba replacement in The Lion King, also has starred in Holler If Ya Hear Me, Bronx Bombers (in which he played Derek Jeter) and In the Heights. In 2011 he won a Daytime Emmy for writing the lyrics to the Sesame Street song “What I Am.”
A Suicide move
UTA also has signed Banshee regular Lili Simmons, who plays (very) former Amish girl Rebecca Bowman on the Cinemax drama, which was renewed for a fourth season in February. But she is perhaps more known for her turn on the first season of HBO’s True Detective, when she first encountered Woody Harrelson’s character as an underage prostitute before reappearing in his life, years later, and seducing him. Simmons recently wrapped on Caliber Media’s graphic Western Bone Tomahawk, opposite Kurt Russell, Richard Jenkins, Patrick Wilson and Matthew Fox. She continues to be repped by manager Kate Linden and attorney Stuart Rosenthal of Bloom Hergott.
Tony winner Steve Kazee has signed with ICM Partners. He previously was with Innovative. The actor and singer won lead actor in a musical for his role in 2012’s Once, for which he also earned a best musical theater album Grammy (with costar Cristin Milioti). His other Broadway credits are To Be Or Not to Be, 110 in the Shade, Seascape and Spamalot, and he received a Helen Hayes nomination for starring in The Subject Was Roses at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Kazee put his musical chops to use on the fifth season of Showtime’s Shameless as a bass player whom Fiona (Emmy Rossum) impulsively marries. Next month he joins the second season of TNT’s Legends as a new series regular. He’ll be playing a straitlaced FBI agent – no word if a musical pedigree is part of his mysterious past. Kazee continues to be managed by D2 Management.
Two K’s in the pod
Sisters Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian have each signed with 42West. (So far, they are the only two members of the clan there.) Earlier this week FYI ordered a primetime talk show with Kardashian called Kocktails With Khloe, while Jenner was the guest of honor at a high school graduation party thrown by Ryan Seacrest on Thursday night.
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