Exclusive: Jeremy Sumpter tackles QB role on 'Friday Night Lights'

Friday Night Lights
has found a rival for Matt Saracen, and it’s…Peter Pan? Jeremy Sumpter, who starred in the 2003 film Peter Pan, has been cast as the recurring character J.D. McCoy, a gifted freshman quarterback who moves to Dillon with his family to try to take the starting QB job from Saracen (Zach Gilford). “J.D.’s a straight and narrow kid who’s been bred to be a football player by his father, and lives in the shadow of his father, who’s a big personality,” says exec producer Jason Katims. “There’s an interesting story about this kid feeling somewhat suffocated by his dad and starting to look more to Coach (Kyle Chandler) as a mentor.” As EW.com previously reported, Janine Turner and D.W. Moffett will play J.D.’s parents. (In addition, Deadwood‘s Kim Dickens will serve as Saracen’s mother, who has a tense reunion with her son.) Season 3 of FNL kicks off Oct. 1 on DirecTV, and debuts on NBC in early 2009.


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  • Alex

    All these cast additions… I just hope its for the best in the end. I cannot wait to get my teeth into season 3.

  • laura

    Welcome Jeremy Sumpter to FNL! … I can’t wait for the show to start!!

  • Jessie

    WOW! I definitely wouldn’t have guessed that, but Jeremy is such a cutie, I think he’ll be perfect with the overly attractive cast. He’s no Zach Gilford though <3 Can't wait for season 3!!

  • EP Sato

    I think it sucks that those without Direct Tv won’t be able to watch this show until January. I own a condo and can not get Direct TV but had it for years and really miss the service.
    So for real, why’s direct tv punishing me? What did I ever do to Direct Tv?

  • Meg

    I understand your pain EP Sato about no access to Direct TV. However, since FNL premiering first on Direct TV means we get a 3rd season as opposed to cancellation, I will happily accept the wait!

  • Lynny

    THe mention of Kim Dickens as Saracen’s mom just brings a big fat smile to my face. Casting to perfection!

  • Anonymous

    very excited about the new cast additions! i remember jeremy sumpter from peter pan, he was excellent! i am so excited about the new season, fnl is one of the best shows on television!

  • Kari Donley

    I’m very excited that Jeremy got casted for this and I can’t wait to see the show. All I can say is: Best wishes and I hope this one does well in reviews and ratings by viewers and critics.
    Good Luck.

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  • Kimberly

    I have a friend who looks ALOT like Jeremy Sumpter when he was younger as Peter Pan.

  • Kimberly

    Please come vist me Jeremy Sumpter;)

  • kiyelle

    hey Jeremy Sumpter i really Love to repeat Watching my Favorite movie “PETER PAN”.it was very interesting and you’re so CUTE…! anyway i Like youre smile,..
    i Do BelieVe in Faries…

  • kiyelle

    i Cant wait to your Next movie Well,wish you Luck!!!

  • kiyelle

    i Cant wait to your Next movie Well,wish you Luck!!!

  • Chloe

    OMG, Jeremy Sumpter is sooo hotttt!! I loved him in Peter Pan and he is just the most gorgeous guy on the planet at the moment. He also seems like a really nice genuine guy to. Good luck with the new show.

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