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HBO Max Drama 'Vegas High' Adds Six Series Regulars To Cast

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By Adreon Patterson

HBO Max just announced the latest additions to the cast of the upcoming coming-of-age drama Vegas High.

Newcomer Reagan Rozas, Kyanna Simpson from Netflix's Chambers, American Horror Story: 1984's Emma Meisel, Lexi Simonsen from 2nd, Madam Secretary alum Kevin Rahm and All American‘s Da’Vinchi are set as series regulars for the coming-of-age period drama pilot from writer Sarah-Raquel Jimenez, director Gillian Robespierre and Michael Showalter’s Semi-Formal Prods.

The upcoming streaming platform will premiere in May 2020 with a slate of television programming, specials, feature films and documentaries set to premiere over the next year.

Rozas headlines the cast as main protagonist Laura Hernandez, a sweet, poetic soul and devout Mormon living in Las Vegas with her blended family while attending the series' title setting.

Meisel is set to play Laura's best friend Maddie, also a devout Mormon girl, who is regularly by Laura's side or seen dropping by the Hernandez home usually unannounced.

Simonson will portray a non-Mormon friend of Laura named Frankie Street, a smart old soul.

Simpson is Olive, another non-Mormon friend of Laura’s, who's a skeptic of Mormon values.

Rahm plays Bishop Ted, the head of Laura's Mormon church. He is described as a gentle and handsome man with an easy smile and an upbeat manner similar to Pat Boone.

Da’Vinchi will play Laura's object of desire, Isaac, the best friend of her older brother Josh.

The coming-of-age HBO Max drama will be the first major television role for Rozas, a film/theatre major at the University of New Orleans.

Rozas and all the latest additions join previously announced cast members Jordana Spiro, Josh Andrés Rivera and West Duchovny, daughter of David Duchovny and Tea Leoni.

Spiro will play Laura's mom Diane, a complicated Mormon housewife struggling to balance her family and church duties.

Rivera will play Josh, Laura's reckless, charismatic brother while Duchovny is set to play Paige, the wholesome President of the Mormon Church’s “Young Women” organization.

Simpson recently finished shooting Powers with Jamie Foxx. She was recently in Netflix’s Chambers with Uma Thurman. She was previously seen in HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and the feature film White Boy Rick.

Simonsen will be seen in the Brian Skiba-directed feature 2nd with Ryan Phillippe.

Rahm played political operator Michael Barnow on CBS’ recently-concluded Madam Secretary. His previous work included Lethal Weapon, Mad Men, Surviving Jack, I Hate My Teenage Daughter and Desperate Housewives.

Along with FX’s American Horror Story: 1984, Meisel played Angela on ABC’s The Kids Are Alright.

Da’Vinchi currently recurs as Darnell Hayes in the CW’s All American. His other television credits included Freeform's Grown-ish and Netflix's Jessica Jones.

Written by Jimenez and directed by Robespierre, the high school-based drama pilot was inspired by Jimenez’s experience of growing up Mormon in Sin City.

The series is set in the 1990s as a coming-of-age story about a young Mormon girl Laura (played by Rozas), who becomes caught between two worlds: the fast-paced lifestyle of Las Vegas and her strong Mormon faith and community.

If ordered to series, it will follow the young girl as she navigates the ins and outs of adolescence and faith as her worlds begin to merge.

The pilot was first announced in November 2019 along with a slew of other programs for the yet-to-be-released streaming platform.

Jimenez and Robespierre will executive produce the project alongside Semi-Formal Productions' Showalter and Jordana Mollick and Michael Lewen.

Jimenez was a producer for the Oscar-nominated The Revenant while Robespierre has directed other HBO series such as Silicon Valley and Mrs. Fletcher. Showalter directed the upcoming rom-com The Lovebirds starring Insecure's Issa Rae and The Eternals' Kumail Nanjiani.

Currently, it is unknown if or when the pilot will begin production or be given a full-season order.

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