The List on Fox said goodbye to Charity Wakefield and welcomed aboard a new cast member in Hilarie Burton on Thursday, Deadline reported.
Wakefield was set to play the part of Delilah, which if you keep up with the Bible isn’t particularly great symbolism for any male characters crossing her path.
The character has instead been awarded to Tamsin Egerton, whom producers thought was better suited for the role of the mysterious, “conniving charmer” and “deadly international operator,” the report noted.
Musical chairs casting has been a common theme this week as Joel Edgerton recently went from playing villain-to-hero in the upcoming Natalie Portman western Jane’s Got a Gun.
Egerton, a British-born actress known for her role as Guinevere in the 2011 Camelot TV mini-series, was originally cast as Maddie Soto, wife of the main character Deputy US Marshal Soto (played by Michael Pena from the film End of Watch).
Deputy Soto is on the hunt for a killer offing people in the Federal Witness Security Program. Instead of Egerton landing the part of wife and confidante, that role will instead go to Hilarie Burton (One Tree Hill).
Burton is no stranger to productions called The List. In 2007, she starred in a film of the same name along with Malcolm McDowell, Chuck Carrington, and Will Patton.
The film was unrelated to the current project Fox hopes will become a series. (To get there, it’ll have to be better received than the 4.0 / 10.0 that the movie is pulling down on IMDb.)
As for Wakefield, the actress did not issue a statement regarding her loss of the part on Thursday.
The 32-year-old has worked steadily since 2004 with her most notable credits being The Raven starring John Cusack and as Marilyn Munster on the failed Mockingbird Lane pilot, which attempted to reboot The Munsters.
Will you be following The List on Fox as it develops? Why do you think producers went in another direction from Wakefield?