Latiano nabs 'Virgin' role at Lifetime


Newcomer Jill Latiano has been tapped to star in the Lifetime drama pilot "The Virgin of Akron, Ohio."

Brian Kerwin, Chelah Horsdal, Landon Liboiron, Matthew John Armstrong and Shawn Roberts also have joined the cast in addition to the previously cast Laurie Metcalf.

"Virgin," from Fox TV Studios, centers on Raleigh (Latiano), a young model in Manhattan who after a stint in rehab is sent back to her Ohio town to do community service and live with her dysfunctional family. The woman becomes a local celebrity after published reports say that a vision of Virgin Mary came down to bless her after she had a car crash on her way home.

Kerwin will play Raleigh's father, a caring, intelligent judge, while Horsdal will play her older, overworked, jealous sister, and Liboiron will play her clean-cut kid brother. Metcalf has been cast as Raleigh's perfectionist mother.

Armstrong will play a former cop who befriends Raleigh, while Roberts will play the handsome, athletic "big catch" in Akron.

Jordan Budde penned the script and is executive producing with Cary Brokaw. Aaron Geller is co-executive producing, and Randy Zisk is directing. The pilot starts shooting today in Vancouver.

Latiano's credits include a recurring role on ABC's "Ugly Betty." She also has appeared on CBS' "CSI: NY" and is on the big screen in the feature film "Epic Movie."

She is repped by Innovative Artists and manager Adam Griffin of Kritzer/Levine/Wilkins Entertainment.