03/13/2013 07:18 am ET

Cate Blanchett To Star In 'Cancer Vixen' For HBO And More Casting News

Cate Blanchett will reportedly star in HBO's adaptation of "Cancer Vixen," based on the memoir by Marisa Acocella Marchetto, according to Deadline.

Blanchett will also executive produce the project with partners Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray through production company Maven Pictures. The plot centers around "a cartoonist for magazines like The New Yorker and Glamour with a supercharged Manhattan lifestyle who is about to get married but must re-examine her life through wit and her animation when she is diagnosed with breast cancer." The producers are currently meeting with writers for the adaptation, but Deadline reports that the project is now a priority with Blanchett set to star.

In other casting news ...

Latin star Manolo Cardona joins "Covert Affairs." Cardona will join Season 4 for a multi-episode guest arc as Teo Braga -- a charismatic, enigmatic Colombian rebel leader with a ferocity of spirit matched only by his intellectual curiosity. Brilliant and brooding, Teo harbors secrets about his past that will affect Annie, Auggie and other members of the CIA profoundly. [HuffPost TV]

Idina Menzel returns to "Glee." The Broadway superstar will reprise her role as Rachel's (Lea Michele) biological mother Shelby in an upcoming Season 4 episode. [Twitter]

"Happy Days" veteran to visit "The Middle." Marion Ross will guest star as the vice principal of Brick's (Atticus Shaffer) elementary school. [TVLine]

"Teen Wolf" star to romance "New Girl's" Jess. Dylan O'Brien will play the guy who took Zooey Deschanel's character to prom and promised to make our heroine's first time a memorable one -- but did he pull it off? [TV Guide]

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