Jill Latiano is set for the lead role in the drama pilot, The Virgin of Akron, Ohio for Lifetime.
With Laurie Metcalf already attached, Brian Kerwin, Chelah Horsdal, Landon Liboiron, Matthew John Armstrong and Shawn Roberts are also joining the cast. The show centers on Raleigh (Latiano), a young model in Manhattan who after a stint in rehab is sent back to her Ohio town to do community service and live with her dysfunctional family. The woman becomes a local celebrity after published reports say that a vision of Virgin Mary came down to bless her after she had a car crash on her way home.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kerwin will play Raleigh's father, a caring, intelligent judge, while Horsdal will play her older, overworked, jealous sister, and Liboiron will play her clean-cut kid brother. Metcalf has been cast as Raleigh's perfectionist mother. Armstrong will play a former cop who befriends Raleigh, while Roberts will play the handsome, athletic "big catch" in Akron.
Jordan Budde wrote the script and is executive producing with Cary Brokaw; Aaron Geller is co-executive producing, and Randy Zisk is directing. Shooting on The Virgin of Akron, Ohio starts today in Vancouver.