[Casting News Bites] “Walking Dead” Villain For ‘Chappie’; “Penny Dreadful” and “Wayward Pines” Get Regulars

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“The Walking Dead” baddie Jose Pablo Cantillo, pictured above, has joined Neill Blomkamp’s next feature, Chappie, writes THR. The Sony and MRC pic “follows a robot with artificial intelligence who is kidnapped by gangsters planning on using him for nefarious purposes.” Cantillo will play a gangster named Yankie who hopes to use the robot for his own gain. Sony and MRC recently announced that Chappie, which will also star Sharlto Copley as the voice of the robot, has been slated for release on March 27, 2015.

Former James Bond star Timothy Dalton has been cast in Showtime’s upcoming Sam Mendes-John Logan drama “Penny Dreadful,” Variety reported. Dalton will play Sir Malcom, a hardened African explorer on a deeply personal quest. “Penny Dreadful” is billed as “a psychological thriller that blends horror into the drama.” From Logan’s Desert Wolf Prods., the show is set to lens this fall and bow on Showtime next year. Josh Hartnett and Eva Green were also recently cast in the project.

Deadline also writes that Lindsey Kraft, below, will recur on the Fox event series “Wayward Pines,” an intense thriller “about Secret Service agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon), who arrives in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID, on a mission to find two missing federal agents. But instead of answers, Ethan’s investigation only turns up more questions.” Kraft will play Ethan’s sister-in-law Darla who is a professional tweeter and “life coach”.