‘Ray Donovan’s’ Kip Pardue, ‘Tyrant’s’ Wrenn Schmidt Join Cinemax’s ‘Outcast’

From “Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman, drama pilot also adds Reg E. Cathey and Julia Crockett to cast

Last Updated: November 21, 2014 @ 10:01 PM

Cinemax’s “Outcast” pilot has added Kip Pardue, Wrenn Schmidt, Reg E. Cathey, Julia Crockett and Allison Barnes to its cast, TheWrap has learned.

The drama project from “Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman, follows a young man, Kyle Barnes — played by “Gone Girl” and “Almost Famous” actor Patrick Fugit — who has been plagued by possession since he was a child and now seeks answers that may end life as we know it.

Hot off a well-received recurring role on the second season of Showtime’s “Ray Donovan,” Kip Pardue has joined in the potential series regular role of Mark Holter, the husband of Kyle’s adopted sister, Megan (Schmidt), Mark is a small town cop whose temper sometimes gets him in trouble. Despite being mildly religious, Mark is a skeptic, who would never believe in something like demonic possession.

The actor played another law enforcement official, FBI Agent Volchek, opposite Hank Azaria on Showtime’s “Ray Donovan.” His past television credits include NBC’s “ER” and AMC’s “Mad Men.”

On the big screen, Pardue will soon be seen in the thriller “Missionary.” He previously starred in “Remember the Titans,” “The Rules of Attraction” and the Sylvester Stallone movie “Driven.”

Known for roles on FX’s “Tyrant” and “The Americans,” Schmidt’s Megan is a child psychologist, who is always on a mission to fix people, especially Kyle. Although she puts up a hopeful and confident front, Megan may be as emotionally damaged as Kyle — a result of the scarred past they share.

Most recently seen on We tv’s “The Divide,” Cathey plays Giles, the Chief of Police. Although he doesn’t believe in possession, he’s seen enough to know there’s some truth to assertions about demons.

Crockett plays Sarah Barnes, Kyle’s mother in her 30s. She’s described as filthy and raving. She makes young Kyle’s life a living hell. At first, this might seem like the result of mental illness, but Kyle will come to understand that it’s something more.

The actors join already announced cast members Philip Glenister (“Life on Mars”) and young Gabriel Bateman (“Stalker”).

Kirkman will serve as executive producer of “Outcast” alongside David Alpert of Circle of Confusion, Sue Naegle, Chris Black, and Sharon Tal Yguado of Fox International Channels. Adam Wingard (“The Guest,” “You’re Next”) will direct the pilot.

Kirkman developed “Outcast” with FIC at the same time he was developing the comic book series of the same name for his Skybound imprint at Image Comics. The first issue of the comic book was released in June of this year.

Don Buchwald & Associates and ROAR represent Pardue. ICM and Davis Spylios Management rep Schmidt. Paradigm reps Cathey.

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