AMC puts Dale at top of ticket


James Badge Dale has been tapped as the lead in AMC's untitled political thriller from writer Jason Horwitch and Warner Horizon.

Meanwhile, Christina Cox has joined Fox TV Studios' drama pilot "Defying Gravity," and Eva Amurri and Kimberly Quinn have been added to Showtime's drama pilot "Possible Side Effects."

Directed by Allen Coulter, the AMC thriller revolves around a secret society that pulls the strings on the world political stage. It centers on Will Travers (Dale), a brilliant analyst at a national think tank who discovers that his employers are not who they seem to be.

Dale, who next appears in the HBO miniseries "The Pacific," is repped by ICM and manager Myrna Jacoby.

Tim Robbins' "Side Effects" revolves around the Hunt family, which runs a pharmaceutical firm. Amurri — the daughter of Robbins' partner, Susan Sarandon — is playing Libby, the angst-ridden lesbian daughter of Max Hunt (Josh Lucas). Quinn, repped by GVA and manager John Dehority, plays Max's wife.

On the sci-fi saga "Gravity," set aboard a spaceship, Cox will play the mission's biologist. She is repped by Abrams Artists and manager Jai Khanna. (partialdiff)