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ABC’S THE LAST RESORT Goes Down Under for Female Lead
We reported earlier this week that ABC had found the lead for it’s new drama pilot, Last Resort, in Emmy Award winning actor Andre Braugher, and now it seems a second major character has been cast, this time with someone from the land down under. Australian actress Daisy Betts is the second cast member to be announced for the pilot, brought to us by executive producer Shawn Ryan (The Shield). Ryan will be sharing writing duties with Dead Like Me’s Karl Gajdusek.
As reported by TVLine, Betts will be playing a “gutsy lieutenant” taking orders from Braugher’s submarine captain, Marcus Chaplin. The two of them are crew members of a U.S. nuclear submarine. The entire crew becomes fugitives after refusing orders to launch their missiles. They take refuge on an island and declare themselves an independent nation, but with nukes. In my previous post about his pilot I expressed my severe interest in the potential this could have if picked up to series. As each piece falls into place, I become more invested in something I haven’t even seen yet. This is definitely one project to keep an eye (or two) firmly fixed on.
On top of her casting in Last Resort, Betts’ recent work includes an arc on Harry’s Law and the 2008 movie Shutter. If you haven’t heard of Betts before, don’t be ashamed. Being from Australia, most of her work just hasn’t been seen by American audiences. Now that she has this role locked down, hopefully we’ll be seeing more of her.