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Langella, Vance will tackle ‘Beast’

Brit thesp Brook also cast in Alphabet pilot

Frank Langella (“The Ninth Gate”) and Courtney Vance (“The Preacher’s Wife”) have been cast in the ABC drama pilot “The Beast.”

Langella, making his series debut, will play the Ted Turner-like owner of WNS, the all-news cabler at the core of the show’s plot. Vance will play the lead anchor talent. British thesp Isabella Brook will play the lead female anchor while Robert Patrick (“The Sopranos”) will have a recurring role.

Skein is being produced by Imagine Television and Touchstone Television. Mimi Leder (“ER”) and Kario Salem are exec producers of the project, which is being targeted for fall.

Veteran thesp Langella has appeared in dozens of pics, including the 1997 remake of “Lolita” and 1979’s “Dracula.”

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