CBS has announced that Tony Award winner Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon) has joined the cast of their upcoming series ‘BrainDead’, from Robert and Michelle King. James will star along side Mary Elizabeth Winstead (The Thing 2011) and Aaron Tveit (Graceland). ‘BrainDead’ is set to premier in the summer of 2016.
The series follows Laurel (Winestead), a young Hill staffer in Washington D.C. , as she discovers two things : the government is no longer running and that an alien creature has come to earth and infected the brains of politicians. James’ character, Rochelle, is a medical student who is seeking answers after her father died from the alien infection. Rochelle and Laurel team up to get to the bottom of what is causing the infection and stop it before it spreads any further, according to Deadline.