EXCLUSIVE: Deadline has learned that Abby’s star and Parks and Recreation alum Natalie Morales has joined the cast of Warner Bros.’ The Little Things opposite Oscar winners Denzel Washington and Rami Malek.
The pics follows Deke (Washington), a burned-out Kern County, CA. deputy sheriff who teams with Baxter (Malek), a crack LASD detective, to nab a serial killer. Deke’s nose for the “little things” proves eerily accurate, but his willingness to circumvent the rules embroils Baxter in a soul-shattering dilemma. Meanwhile, Deke must wrestle with a dark secret from his past. Jared Leto is in talks to join in the role as the serial killer in the project from writer-director John Lee Hancock.
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Morales will play a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department detective working for Baxter.
The Florida native recently starred in Fox’s Stuber alongside Kumail Nanjiani, and in Fox Searchlight’s Golden Globe-nominated Battle of the Sexes opposite Emma Stone and Steve Carell. Morales played the title character in the NBC series Abby and was a regular on Fox’s The Grinder. She also recently directed her second episode of Room 104 for HBO.
Morales is repped by CAA, Vincent Nastri at Bleecker Street Entertainment and attorney Mitch Smelkinson at SGSBC.