Freeform's New Series 'Cruel Summer' Adds Barrett Carnahan & More To Cast

Freeform's New Series 'Cruel Summer' Adds Barrett Carnahan & More To Cast

New cast members for the upcoming new show Cruel Summer have been announced!

Deadline reveals that Barrett Carnahan, Andrea Anders, Nicole Bilderback and Benjamin J Cain have recurring roles on the Freeform series.

Cruel Summer follows two young women: Kate Wallis (Olivia Holt), the popular girl with a charmed life who one day goes missing, and Jeanette Turner (Chiara Aurelia), the nerdy wannabe who is accused of being connected to Kate’s disappearance. All signs point to Jeanette’s guilt, but is Kate really who she seems to be? Set over three summers and told through shifting points of view, the series challenges perception and follows how one girl can go from being a sweet outlier to the most despised person in America.

Barrett, who you may recognize from some of his roles on Best Friends Whenever, Cobra Kai, grown-ish and Alexa & Katie, will play Derek, Andrea will portray Joy Wallis, Nicole is Denise and Benjamin joins as Rod Wallis.

Cruel Summer will premiere on Freeform on Tuesday, April 20th at 9pm ET/PT. Check out the first teaser trailer here!

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Barrett Carnahan‘s Derek has a strong, playful relationship with his kid sister, Jeanette. He is protective of Jeanette and always has her back, even when he’s away at college.

Andrea Anders‘ Joy Wallis is a polished, wealthy, and modern 90s Texan woman, Joy presides over the ladies who lunch with a domineering presence. She casts a shadow of fear toward anyone who stands in her way.

Nicole Bilderback‘s Denise is Jeanette’s straightforward attorney. She has faith in Jeannette, but is not afraid to say the uncomfortable things that need to be said.

Benjamin J Cain‘s Roy Wallis is handsome, charismatic and a former professional football player, Rod is Kate’s stepfather. He is an empathetic father whose parenting skills are tested over the course of three, complicated, painful years.

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