Actress Carla Gugino Moves Into Wayward Pines At Fox. More casting news has come in for M. Night Shyamalan’s small screen endeavor, “Wayward Pines,” as Carla Gugino has signed on to play Kate Hewson, a former love interest of Matt Dillon‘s Secret Service agent Ethan Burke.
Melissa Leo also stars.
Based on the best-selling novel Pines by Blake Crouch, “Wayward Pines” is an intense, mind-bending thriller evocative of the classic cult hit “Twin Peaks.” “Wayward Pines” is set to debut in 2014.
Deadline says Gugino will play the role of Kate Hewson in the limited series. She’s Ethan’s former love interest and also his former partner at the Secret Service. She’s now a resident of bucolic Wayward Pines, ID, which puts him back in Ethan’s life when he comes to town. She’s described as capable, loyal, fiery, blunt and fearless. And it sounds like there may still be a spark between the two reunited characters, amidst a murder mystery that’s putting Ethan’s life in danger.
Gugino has spent her career bouncing between film and television, with her earliest credits going back to the 80s (Troop Beverly Hills!) In the 90s, she appeared in Spin City and Chicago Hope. In the last decade or so, her credits include playing Lucille in Sin City and Sally Jupiter/Sil Spectre in Watchmen. She played the role of Vince’s beautiful agent Amanda in Entourage and recurred as Abby Rhodes in Californication. As mentioned previously, she starred as Susan Berg in USA’s limited series Political Animals, and her most recent TV role was a temporary love interest for Schmidt in New Girl. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of chemistry she had with Dillon.
This is one more great piece of female casting for the series, which will also feature the great Melissa Leo, playing Nurse Pam, described as intense and unpredictable. But unlike Gugino’s Kate, who sounds like she’ll be an ally to Ethan, Leo’s Pam will be a “deadly rival” to the character.