Christopher Eccleston has joined the cast of HBO pilot The Leftovers.
The new drama based on Tom Perrotta’s intriguing novel of the same name will see the former Doctor play Matt Jamison, a reverend-turned-editor self-publishing his own tabloid in a community that has undergone the Rapture – the ascension to heaven – but not quite as expected. While those deemed worthy have disappeared, the residents of Mapleton who have been left behind are struggling to deal with the remnants of their lives.
Joining the Ninth Doctor will be Justin Theroux (Mulholland Drive) who has signed on to appear as the novel’s protagonist Kevin Garvey – a police chief and father of two who is struggling to maintain a semblance of normality in a world that is losing its grip on what “normal” is.
Ann Dowd (Compliance) has signed on to portray Patti Levin – the leader of homegrown cult Guilty Remnant – and Amanda Warren (Seven Psychopaths) will take on the part of Lucy Warburton, the town’s “take-no-prisoners” mayor.
The Leftovers will be co-written and executive produced by Perrotta and Damon Lindelof (Star Trek Into Darkness, Prometheus), with the pilot directed by Peter Berg (Battleship, Friday Night Lights).
(Via Radio Times.)