CBS Comic-Thriller ‘BrainDead’ Casts Aaron Tveit as Male Lead

CBS’ upcoming comic-thriller BrainDead has tapped Aaron Tveit as male lead.

The actor will star opposite previously announced lead Mary Elizabeth Winstead. “We’re thrilled that Aaron will be joining BrainDead,” said executive producers Robert and Michelle King. “We’re huge fans of his work — he’s spectacular on stage and screen — and think he’ll be a fantastic opponent-slash-love-interest for Mary Elizabeth Winstead.”

The series follows Laurel (Winstead), the young, fresh-faced Hill staffer and daughter of a Democratic political dynasty who left Washington, D.C., who is pulled back into the family business when her brother, the senate majority whip, needs her help running his senate office. Upon returning, she learns two things: The government has stopped working, and alien spawn have come to Earth and eaten the brains of a growing number of congressmen and Hill staffers. Think of it as a cross between The Strain (but with aliens instead of vamps) and The West Wing.

Tveit is set to play Gareth, a Republican operative whose wit is only trumped by his pragmatism. The Legislative Director to a top Republican senator, Gareth is smart, hardworking, and ultimately responsible for helping to save the world.

BrainDead is scheduled to head to CBS in summer 2016.

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