CBS announced Graceland‘s Aaron Tveit will star in the new series BrainDead debuting next summer. Tveit, who was also recently cast as Danny Zuko in Fox’s musical event Grease: Live, joins previously announced Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the comedy/thriller from The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King. The Kings and Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Brooke Kennedy and Liz Glotzer are executive producing the series and Judy Smith is on board as a co-executive producer.
Tveit’s credits include Les Misérables, Premium Rush, Gossip Girl, and Howl.
“We’re thrilled that Aaron will be joining BrainDead,” stated Robert and Michelle King. “We’re huge fans of his work – he’s spectacular on stage and screen – and think he’ll be a fantastic opponent-slash-love-interest for Mary Elizabeth Winstead.”
The Braindead Plot and Characters (Courtesy of CBS):
Mary Elizabeth Winstead will star as Laurel, a young, fresh-faced Hill staffer whose first job in Washington, D.C. leads her to discover two things: The government has stopped working, and alien spawn have come to Earth and eaten the brains of a growing number of congressmen and Hill staffers. Aaron Tveit will play Gareth, a Republican operative whose wit is only trumped by his pragmatism. The Legislative Director to a top Republican senator, Gareth is smart, hard-working, and ultimately responsible for helping to save the world.