While he's busy completing "Star Trek Into Darkness" for release this May, J.J. Abrams has reached into the cast of that film for the lead in his upcoming TV pilot, "Human."
According to Screencrush
, Abrams has cast Karl Urban in the role of John Kennex in the Fox show, which is set in a near future where police officers are given highly advanced android partners. Kennex has been left haunted and emotionally crippled by a mission that left him severely injured and nine other officers dead, which should make getting along with his new robot partner Dorian (Michael Ealy) fairly easy.
After first coming to the attention of genre fans in the late '90s with recurring roles in the syndicated TV shows "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" and "Xena: Warrior Princess," Urban got wider exposure as Eomer in "The Lord of the Rings," following that with parts in "Doom," "The Chronicles of Riddick" and "The Bourne Supremacy."
A solid action and sci-fi career got a even bigger boost when Abrams cast him as Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in 2009's "Star Trek" reboot, a role he will reprise this May in the sequel. Urban was also outstanding as the title character in 2012's "Dredd," although sadly only about 12 people saw that picture.
The rest of the "Human" cast includes Lili Taylor as the police captain, plus Minka Kelly, Mackenzie Crook and Michael Irby. J.H, Wyman, who ran "Fringe" for Abrams, is writing the script for the pilot, which will be directed by Brad Anderson ("Session 9" and the new Halle Berry thriller "The Call").
Does the concept of this show sound interesting to you, and will the addition of Urban make you more inclined to check it out if it gets picked up?