THE NEWS BUNDLE: 'The Killing' Actor Billy Campbell Joins Emma Roberts in FOX's Dystopian Drama Adaptation 'Delirium'


Though adaptations such as Divergent, The Hunger Games, The Mortal Instruments and more are ready to be on display, lately FOX has been gaining plenty of publicity in the hopes of adapting the best-selling novel Delirium to series. With the lead of Lena already cast, exactly who else will form the series' cast has had yet to be determined. But now, a man who has most recently starred in the high-profile AMC drama The Killing is returning to television in a role that will likely have great influence in the large world within the potential new series.

FOX has announced this afternoon that Billy Campbell has joined the FOX dystopian drama pilot Delirium as the latest series regular. Currently, he's the only star to join main lead Emma Roberts who was confirmed to star last week.

The pilot was penned by Karyn Usher (Prison Break), who will also serve as executive-produce alongside Showtime's Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope (Breakout Kings) and more, based off of the novel trilogy from author Lauren Oliver.

The book is described, "Lena Haloway is content in her safe, government-managed society. She feels (mostly) relaxed about the future in which her husband and career will be decided, and looks forward to turning 18, when she’ll be cured of deliria, a.k.a. love. She tries not to think about her mother’s suicide (her last words to Lena were a forbidden “I love you”) or the supposed “Invalid” community made up of the uncured just beyond her Portland, Maine, border. There’s no real point—she believes her government knows how to best protect its people, and should do so at any cost."

"But 95 days before her cure, Lena meets Alex, a confident and mysterious young man who makes her heart flutter and her skin turn red-hot. As their romance blossoms, Lena begins to doubt the intentions of those in power, and fears that her world will turn gray should she submit to the procedure."

In the series, Campbell will play "Thomas Fineman, a wealthy lobbyist who supports the use of the procedure." Despite his rather well put together demeanor, however, Fineman is known to unleash furious rage during problematic times.

This will be Campbell's first role since The Killing, which he concluded in the second season earlier last year. Though the series will return for an additional season, the actor has been confirmed not to return as the mystery of Rosie Larsen has concluded and a new plot will bring in a slew of new faces and problems.

Production on Delirium is expected to start next month with a series decision to be revealed by May.