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ABC’s ‘Designated Survivor’ Casts ‘Girl Meets World’s’ Tanner Buchanan (Exclusive)

McKenna Grace also joins cast of Kiefer Sutherland drama

ABC’s Kiefer Sutherland drama series “Designated Survivor” has cast two new young actors.

Tanner Buchanan will be a series regular and McKenna Grace will recur on the drama, which was ordered straight to series in December.

Sutherland plays Tom Kirkman, a low-level cabinet member who becomes president after everyone before him in line to the office dies in a catastrophic attack during the State of the Union.

Buchanan will play Leo Kirkman, Tom’s 16-year-old son who is described as rebellious and self-absorbed but steps up to the plate when he needs to comfort his little sister, Penny (Grace).

Natascha McElhone, Maggie Q, Kal Penn, Italia Ricci and Adan Canto are also set to star.

Amy B. Harris will serve as the showrunner on the series from The Mark Gordon Company and ABC Studios. David Guggenheim wrote the pilot and will executive produce with Simon Kinberg, Sutherland, Aditya Sood and Suzan Bymel.

Buchanan most recently recurred on Disney Channel’s “Girl Meets World” and Freeform’s “The Fosters.” He is represented by Talentworks.

Grace got her start on soap “The Young and the Restless” and will be seen in “Independence Day: Resurgence.” She is repped by Paradigm.

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