Christopher Guest’s Family Tree has been coming together rather quickly over the past couple of months. Now, three new names have joined the cast, two in full-time roles and one in a recurring gig. Ventriloquist Nina Conti and British actor Tom Bennett have joined the cast in a lead role, and Tiny Furniture actress Amy Seimetz has been brought on for a recurring role.
In August, HBO and the BBC officially picked up the comedy from Guest, starring Chris O’ Dowd as Tom Chadwick, a man who sort of loses his way after getting fired from his job and breaking things off with his gal pal. After inheriting a weird box of stuff from a Great Aunt, he embarks on a journey to determine his roots. According to Deadline, in the series, Conti will play Tom’s sister and Bennett will be there for Tom as his best bud. Seimetz will play a Los Angeles bookstore employee who really wants to be a writer.
Casting news for Family Tree has come in waves. Toward the end of last month, the series added several recurring cast members, all whom have worked with Guest on projects in the past. Last month, Ed Begley, Jr., Michael McKean, and Fred Willard all joined Family Tree, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we heard from some more familiar names in the future.
Eight half-hour episodes of the series are expected to be produced for Season 1 of the series.
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