Ariela Barer to Star in ABC’s Erin Brockovich-Inspired Drama Pilot “Rebel”

Ariela Barer is ready to rebel

The Mexican American actress will star in ABC’s drama pilot Rebel, inspired by the life of activist Erin Brockovich.

Ariela Barer

Barer will star as a series regular opposite Katey Sagaland Tamala Jonesin the project.

Executive produced by Brockovich, Rebel hails from Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 showrunner Krista VernoffDavis EntertainmentSony Pictures Television and ABC Studios.

Written by Vernoff, Rebel centers on Annie “Rebel” Bello (Sagal), a blue-collar legal advocate without a law degree. A funny, messy, brilliant and fearless woman who cares desperately about the causes she fights for and the people she loves.

Barer will play Ziggie. The rebellious adopted daughter of Aiden and Rebel, Ziggie is going through a bad patch. She got hooked on pain medication after an injury, but has been drug-free for the last 72 days. A teenager who needs to attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings on a very regular basis, Ziggie is vulnerable as hell and needs her mother — only her mother is busy-busy-busy with her latest cluster of tormented clients.

Barer most recently played the role of Gert Yorkes in Marvel’s Runaways,and she recurred on Atypical and One Day At A Time

In film, she portrayed Olivia in feature Lady Worldand will next be seen as a lead in upcoming Disfluencyand in a supporting role in The Ultimate Playlist of Noise.

Huertas Set to Return for Season 9 of ABC’s “Castle”

Jon Huertas is still a king of the castle…

The 39-year-old Puerto Rican actor has reportedly closed a deal to continue on ABC’s Castle, which would return for a ninth season.

Jon Huertas

Huertas is set to continue as a regular on the show, according to, joining star Nathan Fillion and co-star Seamus Dever. ABC has yet to make a renewal decision on the series as cast contracts still are being hammered out.

Huertas plays Detective Javier Esposito, a former Army Special Forces soldier who now works in the homicide division alongside Detective Kevin Ryan (Dever).

Fillion, Huertas and Dever have been part of the core ensemble of Castle since the pilot, along with female lead Stana Katic and fellow original cast member Tamala Jones, who were not asked to come back for Season 9.

Also on track to come back are Castle supporting players Molly Quinn and Toks Olagundoye.