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Posted at 05:46 PM ET, 03/15/2012

USA continues casting Sigourney Weaver’s Secy of State drama

Sigourney Weaver (Kevin Winter - GETTY IMAGES)
USA has nearly finished its slow, careful unveiling of the cast for its new Former First Family drama series, “Political Animals,” with word that Sebastian Stan (“Captain America,” “Gossip Girl”) has been cast as the Lost-Soul Former First Son.

 Early this month, USA announced it had snagged flick star Sigourney Weaver to make her debut as a TV series regular in the “event drama” from Greg Berlanti (“Brothers & Sisters,” “Everwood”) and Laurence Mark (“Dreamgirls,” “Jerry Maguire”).

 The short-order series is, USA says, a fictional look at a former First Lady who was married to a philandering POTUS, and who is now the newly appointed Secretary of State, after making a failed run at the White House.

 New Secy of State Elaine Barrish, played by Weaver, and her former President husband, Bud Hammond, have – two sons.

 One is a Lost Soul, who struggles with addiction, named T.J. – that’s Stan. The other, the Good Son, is named Douglas and is his mother’s chief of staff; he’s played by James Wolk (“Lonestar”). Douglas has a fiancée named Anne, played by Brittany Ishibashi (“Parenthood,” “Fairly Legal”).

 Also in the mix is a hungry Washington journalist who is bent on destroying the Secy of State’s career, played by Carla Gugino.

 Only one more bit of major casting to announce: who will play Bill…er, Bud.

By  |  05:46 PM ET, 03/15/2012

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