Penn finds 'Nirvana' at NBC; Widdoes to helm Hewitt laffer

Feature star Bill Pullman (“Igby Goes Down”) has joined NBC apocalyptic thriller “Revelations” in the limited-run series’ leading male role, while Natascha McElhone (“The Truman Show”) has taken the female lead.

Also, Kal Penn (“Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle”) will star in NBC’s “Nevermind Nirvana,” while Jamie Widdoes will helm ABC’s untitled Jennifer Love Hewitt comedy.

Pullman will play Dr. Richard Massey in “Revelations,” which comes from Pariah TV. The character is a Harvard professor whose daughter is murdered by satanists. McElhone stars as a nun who recruits Massey to help investigate whether what’s told in the Book of Revelations is starting to come true.

Pullman’s credits include “While You Were Sleeping,” “Zero Effect” and “Independence Day.” McElhone also starred in “Solaris” and “City of Ghosts.”

Penn, meanwhile, will star in “Nevermind Nirvana” as an Indian-American man whose family doesn’t necessarily like the fact that he’s getting married to a white woman.

Penn’s feature credits include “Malibu’s Most Wanted” and “Van Wilder”; he’s guested on TV skeins “The Agency” and “NYPD Blue.” Laffer is produced by NBC Studios and the Untitled Burke/Tarses Project.

Then there’s Widdoes, a onetime thesp who’s become a prolific TV director over the past decade. Widdoes most recently served as an exec producer on the WB laffer “All About the Andersons” and ABC’s “8 Simple Rules.”

Widdoes will direct Hewitt as a single mom and sportscaster in the comedy, which comes from Touchstone TV.

Also in casting news Thursday, Marley Shelton (“Uptown Girls”) has joined the WB pilot “Prodigy” as Callie Duncan.

The actress’s credits also include the features “Valentine” and “Never Been Kissed.” “Prodigy” comes from Warner Bros. TV and Silver Pictures.

(Josef Adalian contributed to this report.)

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