THE NEWS BUNDLE: Karl Urban Cast In Lead Role of J.J. Abrams' FOX Sci-Fi Crime Drama Pilot 'Human'


While his future beyond this summer's highly anticipated sequel Star Trek Into Darkness is unclear, J.J. Abrams has been known to make a splash on the small screen. Furthermore, it's his frequent cast of players that have transcended multiple Bad Robot projects as Jorge Garcia, Michael Emerson, Leonard Nimoy, Elizabeth Mitchell and more have all stuck with the director/producer through thick and thin.

Now, it seems that will be the same case with Bad Robot's next high profile pilot as FOX is looking to bring sci-fi back in a major fashion to television this Fall. And now, the man who was responsible for bringing criminals to justice the hard way in the cult favorite Dredd will now be behind a badge one more time if all goes according to plan.

FOX has announced today that Karl Urban has been cast in the lead role of the FOX futuristic sci-fi crime drama pilo Human. Effectively he joins a cast that includes Michael Ealy, Minka Kelly, Lili Taylor, Michael Irby and Mackenzie Crook, coming from creators J.H. Wyman (Fringe) and J.J. Abrams.

Wyman penned the script while Abrams will serve as executive producer. Bryan Burk, who is the co-founder of Bad Robot Productions, will serve as executive producer on the series as well.

The series is described as an "action-packed buddy cop show that’s set in the near future, when all Los Angeles police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids".

Urban will play main characters John Kennex, a police officer who becomes cold and emotionally distant after a mission leaves him critically injured. Kennex is then paired up with android partner Dorian (Ealy), who ironically enough understands more about humanity and the essence of life than Kennex.

Joining Kennex on the LAPD will be Kelly's Officer Valerie Stahl, a fellow human an uniformed cop with a strong moral compass who believes in the best of people, Detective Richard Paul who blames Kennex for the death of fellow officers and Rudy Lom (Crook) the eccentric and underpaid designer of the LAPD’s robotics squad.

They are all led by Maldonado (Taylor), an ambitious and determined police captain who is willing to make sacrifices for the greater good.

Warner Brothers will be producing the project, while Wyman will take over as showrunner should the series go through. Production will take off later this month while a series order decision will come in May.

SOURCE: TV Line