Early Edition: CBS Taps Alice Eve for Reboot Pilot; More Casting News

CBS rounded its cast for its upcoming Early Edition reboot pilot with Alice Eve as its lead. She stars as Beth, an ambitious but uncompromising journalist who starts receiving tomorrow's newspaper today and finds herself in the complicated business of changing the news instead of reporting it. Written by Melissa Glenn, the reboot follows the executive producer of KSEA, a local Seattle TV news station. A journalist/investigative reporter since she was a kid, Beth is very focused on getting the story no matter what — which sometimes puts her at odds with her beloved mentor, Tommy, who believes that the most important thing about a story is the people and its human toll.

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Alice Eve arrives for the InStyle Max Mara Women In Film Celebration on June 11, 2019 in Hollywood, CA. Editorial credit: DFree / Shutterstock.com

Joining Eve for the new take on Early Edition are Charles Michael Davis (NCIS: New Orleans), Jay Ali (Magnum P.I.), and Fiona Rene (I Know What You Did Last Summer). Ali will play Anthony, Beth's news director & good friend. Anthony strives to find balance, a nearly impossible task amidst the chaos of a newsroom, but he knows his version of an ideal life would be something that includes Beth. He cares very deeply for her, so much so that he hires his Army contact – Derick – to protect Beth during this tumultuous time.

Derick, played by Davis, is a former cop who served in Afghanistan without incident, but on his return home, he was injured on the job and forced to retire. He's a man of action but has been forced to the sidelines. He now joins Beth as a temporary "bodyguard" while she navigates the aftermath of previous events, and with that, he is unknowingly thrown into the mystery of the newspaper. Rene plays Trina, a close friend of Beth's and one of the reporters at her local news station. She survived a troubled childhood, but she came out stronger, full of heart and charm. Trina brings her quirky beliefs to the newspaper trio, balancing out the skepticism of Derick and the hard and fast pace of Beth.

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Kyle Chandler in Early Edition (1996). Image courtesy of CBS

Based on the 1996 series created by Ian Abrams, Bob Brush, and Patrick Q. Page, the original starred Kyle Chandler. Glenn executive produces the reboot with DeVon Franklin via Franklin Entertainment and Brush. Franklin Entertainment's Jenna Nicholson is co-executive producer of the project, which comes from Sony Pictures Television and Affirm Television, Sony TV and Affirm Films' co-venture for family, faith, inspirational and aspirational content, in association with CBS Studios. For more information, you can go to Deadline Hollywood.

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About Tom Chang

I'm a follower of pop culture from gaming, comics, sci-fi, fantasy, film, and TV for over 30 years. I grew up reading magazines like Starlog, Mad, and Fangoria. As a writer for over 10 years, Star Wars was the first sci-fi franchise I fell in love with. I'm a nerd-of-all-trades.
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