'Rules of Engagement' added to cast of drama
Exclusive: “Rules of Engagement” star Adhir Kalyan has joined the cast of the indie drama “Samaritan.”The directing team of Tenney and Fairchild (“The Good Humor Man”) will write and direct the pic, which follows a community college student who intervenes on the suicide attempt of a female peer, who proceeds to make his life a living hell. Trevor Morgan (“Mean Creek”) will play the young male lead, while “Hung” star Thomas Jane is set to co-star. Other cast members include Griffin Newman and Stella Maeve (“The Runaways”). Kalyan will play Hate Crime John, one of the protagonist’s closest friends who’s genuinely concerned about his relationship with the suicidal student. Michael Younesi and Leah Fong will produce, while Dan Dubiecki (“Up in the Air”) will exec produce. Trio previously teamed on the upcoming indie “All Together Now.” Since breaking out in the U.S. on the CW’s “Aliens in America,” Kalyan has enjoyed a steady stream of feature work, including memorable roles in “Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” the male cheerleading comedy “Fired Up!” and the Michael Cera laffer “Youth in Revolt.” Thesp appeared briefly in “Up in the Air” and “No Strings Attached,” and will soon be seen in John Stalberg’s long-delayed pot comedy “High School.” On the TV side, Kalyan enjoyed a three episode arc on FX’s “Nip/Tuck” before going on to play David Spade’s assistant on CBS’ “Rules of Engagement,” which the network recently renewed for a sixth season as the sitcom grows closer to entering syndication. Kalyan is repped by Abrams Artist Agency, Thruline Entertainment and attorney Jeff Bernstein of Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein.