A bit of casting shake-up has happened on the “Scream Queens” front as The Wrap is reporting that Joe Manganiello has dropped out of Fox’s series. As he exits, “Nashville” star Oliver Hudson has been cast in a lead male role.
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The “True Blood” star was cast in a series regular role on the Ryan Murphy anthology series in January, but an individual close to the show said that he has decided to leave prior to production due to scheduling conflicts with “Scream Queens” shooting dates as it moves into series production and his commitments to promoting his summer feature film Magic Mike XXL internationally.
It has also been reported that he’s leaving the Fox series to clear up scheduling conflicts between it and Suicide Squad, in which he’s being considered for the role of Deathstroke.
“Scream Queens” would’ve been Manganiello’s first series regular role since starring for four seasons on HBO’s “True Blood,” which ended its run last August.
Hudson (“Nashville,” Grown Ups 2, Rules of Engagement) has been cast as one of the male leads on the comedy-horror anthology. As with all casting announcements – no details of the role are being released by producers.
Hudson joins an ensemble cast for “Scream Queens” that includes Lea Michele, Nasim Pedrad, Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Nick Jonas, Keke Palmer, and Abigail Breslin. Slated to premiere in the fall with 15 episodes, “Scream Queens” revolves around a college campus rocked by a series of murders.
The Fox comedy-horror anthology series hails from 20th Century Fox TV and Ryan Murphy Television. Murphy will exec produce with “Glee’s” Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, and Dante Di Loreto.