Pitch Perfect‘s Skylar Astin, Veronica Mars‘ Chris Lowell, and Sea of Dreams‘ Angélica María have signed on to the cast of EPIX’s Graves, a half hour political satire from Joshua Michael Stern. Stern is involved as writer, executive producer, and will be directing some of the 10 episode first season, with Greg Shapiro, Keith Eisner, and Eric Weinberg on board as executive producers. Astin, Lowell, and Maria join Susan Sarandon and Nick Nolte who were previously announced to star in the series.
Filming will take place this fall with an eye on a 2016 premiere.
Skylar Astin will play Isaiah Miller, a neurotic, over-eager assistant who goes to work for his political hero President Richard Graves at the very moment that the ex-POTUS is tearing down his own legacy. Chris Lowell will portray Jeremy Graves, an underachiever who returns from the war in Afghanistan to face the real challenge of finding his life’s direction amid the everyday chaos of living with his presidential parents and self-destructive sister. Angélica María will play Ramona Alvarez, the wry housekeeper who has worked for President Graves since before he was elected President and as a result, grown comically desensitized to the daily dramas unfolding in the Graves household. Nolte and Sarandon star as former President Graves and FLOTUS Margaret Graves.
The storyline takes place 25 years after the end of their term, and Graves has the epiphany that his policies have damaged the country for decades. So, with his young assistant Isaiah, he embarks on a Don Quixote-like journey to right the wrongs of his administration just as his wife, Margaret, decides to follow her own political ambitions.
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