Bella Thorne Lands ‘Chipmunks’ Role & Alex Steel Heading to “Original Sin”


bellathorne-alexsteele-casting-032315More great casting news this week for Bella Thorne!

The 17-year-old has joined the fourth film in the Alvin & The Chipmunks franchise. Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip is set for a December 23 release. In this installment, Alvin, Simon and Theodore believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in New York and dump them. Thorne will play Ashley.

In more casting news, former “Degrassi” star Alex Steele has been cast in the ABC pilot “Original Sin” according to The Wrap. She will star in the pilot alongside Joan Allen, Liam James, Floriana Lima, Alison Pill, Zach Gilford, Margot Bingham, Rarmian Newton, Andrew McCarthy and Rupert Graves.

The show comes from writer Jenna Bans (“Grey’s Anatomy”), and follows the return of a politician’s (Joan Allen) son, Adam Warren (Liam James) presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier, sends shockwaves through his tight knit family. But as the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his community, the neighbor sitting in jail for his murder is released and the cop responsible is forced to reexamine what truly happened so many years ago.

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Alex will play the younger version of Floriana Lima’s Bridey Howard, who is a local newspaper reporter with a mysterious connection to Adam. The role will recur if ABC orders the pilot to series.

Also, get excited “One Tree Hill” fans because Bethany Joy Lenz has joined Shonda Rhimes’ ABC pilot “Smoke and Mirrors.” The potential series centers on the strong successful Alice Martin (The Killing‘s Mirelle Enos), a fraud investigator who’s about to be the victim of fraud herself by fiancé Kieran (NCIS‘ Damon Dayoub). Between her cases, she is determined to find him before it ruins her career.

Bethany Joy Lenz will play Kieran’s wife Zoe, a girl-next-door-type who is able to pass as Kieran’s sister in their cons. She loves her husband and loves their life — amoral though it may be — and she’s going to hang on tight as she senses him slipping away from her.

What do you think of these new roles?