Casting: Tyler Posey Opens TACO SHOP; Thomas Middleditch on ROAD TO NARDO; Roy Dotrice and Hannah Murray Join GAME OF THRONES

     August 8, 2011


Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) has reached a deal with Maya Entertainment to star in the indie comedy Taco Shop.  According to Variety, Posey will play “a young man who quits his taco shop job to open his own shop — but finds himself in an all-out war when a gourmet taco truck parks across the street.”  The low-key premise sounds promising in the right hands.  Those hands: director Joaquin Perea and screenwriters Rick Najera (MADtv) and Oskar Toruno.  Production begins later this month with Carlos Alazraqui, Eric Roberts, Felipe Esparza, Laura Harring, Paula Jai Parker, and Parvesh Cheena filling out the supporting cast.

Hit the jump for details on Thomas Middleditch’s role in Road to Nardo, plus casting for new characters in season 2 of Game of Thrones.

thomas-middleditch-imageRoad to Nardo is the directorial debut of Scot Armstrong, the go-to screenwriter for director Todd Phillips, most recently on The Hangover Part II.  The script follows two roommates “who go to great lengths to save their friend Nardo, who’s naked and stranded in Mexico.”  Armstrong told us he was looking for “up-and-comers” to fill the roles, and has so far stayed true to his word.  T.J. Miller, a standup comic who is much funnier off screen than he is in Yogi Bear and Gulliver’s Travels*, will play one of the roommates.  Variety reports fellow comic Middleditch will play Nardo.  Middleditch’s movie career is on the upswing: the UCB regular just wrapped Another Bullshit Night in Suck City and was recently cast in Fun Size.  Lord knows he’s got a name fit for a star.

Finally, some exciting news for those who fall in the intersection of a Game of Thrones/Skins Venn diagram. Hannah Murray, this writer’s favorite first generation Skins cast member, has joined the cast of Game of Thrones for season two along with Roy Dotrice.  According to TV Guide, Murray will play Gilly, “one of the many women living with Old Craster who wants to escape his oppression.”  Dotrice is Pryomancer Hallyne, chief of the Guild of Alchemists.  I haven’t read the books, so I have no idea what that means — gotta love the built-in spoiler buffer!  Other recent additions to the cast include Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth, Stephen Dillane as Stannis, Carice van Houten as Melisandre, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne, Gemma Whelan as Asha Greyjoy, and Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell.  Production is currently underway on the second season, which should premiere in spring 2012.

*I presume.  I didn’t actually, you know, watch those movies.