Aaron Tveit fans no longer need to sing the “Graceland” blues: he has been tapped to star in CBS’s upcoming comic-thriller, “BrainDead.” The original series is created by Robert and Michelle King of “The Good Wife,” who also serve as producers and writers on the project.
Filling the role of Gareth, Aaron will showcase some of his comedic chops. Gareth is described as “the legislative director to a top Republican senator whose wit is only trumped by his pragmatism.” He’s also described as “smart, hardworking, and ultimately responsible for helping to save the world.” Mary Elizabeth Winstead has already been cast to play Laurel, the daughter of a Democratic political dynasty and love interest to Gareth.
Of Aaron’s casting, the Kings stated they are “thrilled that Aaron will be joining ‘BrainDead.’ We’re huge fans of his work – he’s spectacular on stage and screen – and think he’ll be a fantastic opponent-slash-love-interest for Mary Elizabeth Winstead.”
Per Variety, “BrainDead” follows a young Hill staffer – Laurel – recently employed in Washington DC to assist her brother, the senate majority whip, at his office. There, she discovers that the government has stopped working — and that alien spawn have been eating the brains of congressmen and other Hill staffers. If that sounds inspired, it’s because the Kings hope the genre crossover will allow them to best address current news and events.
“We wanted to do a show that was a mix of genre-pulp and highbrow politics; ‘The Strain’ crossed with ‘The West Wing,'” the Kings said in a statement for the announcement of the series back in July. “It seemed like the best way to address the news today — not straight, but as the opening act of a horror movie.”
With a straight-to-series order, “BrainDead” will have thirteen one-hour episodes off the bat; it is scheduled to premiere in summer 2016.