Morris Chestnut And Jennifer Carpenter Join NBC Pilot The Enemy Within

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Pilot season is already in full swing regarding casting news around all the new TV shows that might be coming our way in the fall this year. One of those pilots is NBC’s The Enemy Within.

The new drama will follow former CIA agent Erica Wolfe, who is the most notorious traitor in modern history and the most hated woman in the US. Wolfe is brought out of a federal supermax prison by the FBI, so she can help them stop some of the most dangerous acts of espionage threatening the US today.

A few weeks ago, we received the first casting news of the project that Raza Jaffrey (Homeland) has landed the role of Ali Ziai,  anFBI agent who specializes in interrogation techniques. Ziai, however, focuses more on empathy than intimidation.

Deadline has revealed who else will be joining Jaffrey in The Enemy Within and the actress and actor are not unfamiliar to TV lovers.

Jennifer Carpenter (Limitless, Dexter) is set to join as female lead Erica Wolfe. Wolfe is not only a traitor, but highly intellectual. She is a codebreaker, who learned everything she needed to know about that from her father. She revealed highly sensitive information to a former Russian intelligence agent, making her a traitor.

Alongside her will star Morris Chestnut (Rosewood, Goliath), who has been cast as the male lead in the show. He will play Will Keaton, the FBI agent who brought down Erica Wolfe. Keaton has been one of the victims of Wolfe’s actions as his fiancée had been murdered due to the information Wolfe had revealed.

The Enemy Within sounds like it has a lot of potential. I can imagine that it might not be easy for Will Keaton to work with Erica Wolfe after what had happened to his fiancée. Though I can imagine that Jaffrey’s Ziai will help him with that and ease some tension between the two.

Though, of course, we can only be sure of that if we’ll get to see The Enemy Within in the fall on NBC. Here’s hoping that it will be picked up.

Anna Hattingen