Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Michael Pitt, Elissa Sursara, to be MTV's Teen Wolf cast?

By Ellen Cromanche; Source: The Examiner

The anticipated MTV series adaption of Teen Wolf is seemingly closer to fruition than presumed, as the network orders a pilot presentation with two actors rumored to be on board. Announced in January, the new Teen Wolf is part of a developmental slate, suggested to be executed in light of the network's attempts to abandon its reality TV programming in favor of scripted television.

According to film insiders, actor Michael Pitt and relatively unknown actress Elissa Sursara, have both read, and been secured for the roles of Teen Wolf and his beloved Boof.

MTV has not yet confirmed the casting.

Pitt, who shot to fame in 2001 as the lover of a transgendered rocker in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, is set to play the role of Scott Howard, the high school misfit who discovers he is a Werewolf. Using this to his advdantage, Wolf gains the attention of the popular Pamela, despite the long-time affections of Boof; to be played by Elissa Sursara. Sursara, 21, began her career as a child model before making the transition to television, however prominent photographs of the actress in search results instead show Mexican model Katarina Vargas.

The roles of best friend Stiles and popular Pamela have not yet been cast and no further details have been released.

The re-vamped film turned television series is promised to have an 'American Werewolf in Paris' feel, according to Liz Gateley, Senior Vice President of Series Development at MTV. "It's a dramatic thriller with two best friends in the centre who provide a great comedy element: They are two very relatable characters on the outer circles of popular cliques."

Gateley said teen elements such as dating will be explored, and that the series will feature a love-triangle romance between Wolf, Boof and Pamela, as well as having a comedy back bone and horror themes. According to the BBC, the new Teen Wolf will be "set in a high school. The show will be drawn from the horror genre to explore werewolf mythology and will also include a romantic plot line."

The new Teen Wolf was written by Criminal Minds creator Jeff Davis.

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