NBC has cast "The Hunger Games" star Amandla Stenberg in its Craig Robinson comedy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The untitled pilot is based around Robinson's character, a musician who is forced to become a middle school music teacher and has a hard time adjusting to the precocious children, school politics and the ever-present temptation of the students' single moms.
Stenberg, who portrayed Rue in the Jennifer Lawrence blockbuster, will play Irene, "a spunky, fearless and smart eighth grader who is desperate to learn to sing despite her terribly off-key voice and Craig's reluctance to teach her."
In other pilot news ...
"Nurse Jackie" alum visits The CW's "Company Town." Arjun Gupta will play Jack, "a Navy Chief Petty Officer and head of the Jet maintenance crew" in the military-themed drama from former "Supernatural" showrunner Sera Gamble. [TVLine]
"Almost Famous" star is "Reckless" for ABC. Patrick Fugit has scored the lead in the drama about a man who must risk questionable alliances and become tangled in political scandal in order to rescue his wife (Eloise Mumford) from being imprisoned overseas after a coup. [Deadline]
Delroy Lindo co-stars in drama from J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron. He'll play Winter, "a kind man with an honorable agenda posing as a priest who may not be what he seems," in the drama centered around a girl who is about to develop powerful abilities and the ex-con who is called to protect her. [THR]