It's safe to say that HBO can stop 'Looking' for a key role in an upcoming series.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, UK actor Russell Tovey has joined the cast of the premium network's upcoming dramedy series. 'Looking' centers on the lives of a closely knit group of gay men living and working in San Francisco.
Tovey will play the recurring role of Kevin, an accomplished video game designer who seems to have his professional life mapped out for him at an early age. Kevin works closely with the show's lead, played by Jonathan Groff ('Glee'). The role is unique in that it will be his first major stateside project while also a rare opportunity to play a gay man.
"Every character I play is straight, which is unique, my agent says, because it's not really been done before that someone who is completely out is able to play straight roles," the openly gay actor told the Independent. "So for me to play gay it has to be something special, because it might actually be more of a risk... I want [the role] to be something that moves things forward."
The British actor is perhaps best known for his role as reluctant werewolf George Sands on the BBC's supernatural drama 'Being Human.' He joins the previously cast Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez ('Smash'), Murray Bartlett ('Guiding Light') and Scott Bakula ('Quantum Leap').
The eight-episode series is set to begin shooting in San Francisco soon. Tovey was always a favorite in his 'Being Human' role, so it will be exciting to see if this latest project will take off.