EXCLUSIVE: Ravi Patel (Wonder Woman 1984)Eric Edelstein (horror show) and Johnny Jay Lee (NCIS: Los Angeles) are set as regulars in the CBS comedy pilot Rust Belt Newsfrom The Simpsons writer and The Mindy Project ex-producer Matt Warburton. They join previously announced cast members Rich Sommer, Lauren Lindsey Donzis, Jayma Mays, Bailey Gavulic, Bentley Green and Angel Laketa Moore.
Written by Warburton and directed by Jeff Blitz, the project is set in a small Ohio town where the local newspaper goes bankrupt, leaving the ambitious, anxious reporters of the high school newspaper the only people left to report on scandals, digging up. corruption, and generally polishing the rust of this rust belt community.
Patel plays Dale, an emotionally needy principal of an Ohio high school.
Edelstein plays Joe, a kind-hearted single father who takes a job as a night janitor at his daughter’s high school after the city’s car factory closes.
Lee is Eli, a popular high school student and Mennonite farm boy, who is also a favorite on his mother’s Christian Instagram account.
Warburton executive produces along with Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo of Alloy Entertainment. Blitz will direct and executive produce the pilot. Warner Bros. Television is the studio.
Patel was recently cast in Sony Pictures’ live-action adaptation Harold and the purple chalk, directed by Oscar nominee Carlos Saldanha. He will be seen next in Lionsgate’s the valet, which will be released later this year. He will also be seen in a recurring role on Showtime’s upcoming drama series three women opposite Betty Gilpin, Shailene Woodley and DeWanda Wise. Patel is represented by Buchwald, Mainstay Entertainment and attorney Yorn Levine.
Edelstein has returned on Parks and recreation, shameless, fresh off the boat, and as Detective Smiley Fusco in Twin Peaks: the return† Last year he played the lead role of the hapless plumber Linus in the anthology series horror show† He is represented by Talent Works.
Lee is known for his work on NCIS: Los Angeles as a young Chris O’Donnell, his recurring role on the HBO Max sitcom Head of the classand FXs Snowfall. He is represented by Kreativ Media Partners and The Carry Company.