It’s CastingPalooza over at Damon Lindelof‘s drama pilot The Leftovers for HBO. We told you earlier today about casting for another pilot, that one to be run by Lindelof’s former Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse, but still, we’re always hesitant to talk too much about pilots. We’ve had our hearts broken too many times in the past by pilots that are never turned into series *cough* Locke & Key *cough* Mockingbird Lane *cough*.
Still, things are looking good for Cuse’s pilot, and with all the casting news lately, they’re looking similarly good for Lindelof. Joining the throng of actors who’ve signed up to be a Leftover are former elf Liv Tyler (the Lord of the Rings trilogy) and the Ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston. Yes, a Doctor for the Lindelof pilot, just as another Doctor has signed up for the Cuse pilot. Weird, right?
As a quick reminder, The Leftovers pilot is based on the book of the same name by Tom Perrotta, who is co-writing the pilot with Lindelof. The setting is Mapleton, a town in the midst of a world that is post-rapture, meaning post rising-to-heaven of a large number of the world’s population. Thus the people still on Earth would be… you got it.
According to Deadline, Tyler will be playing Meg, a woman targeted by a cult as ripe for the picking because she’s trying to escape her pending nuptials. Eccleston has been cast as former minister Matt Jamison, who is now editor of a self-published tabloid. Starring in the pilot is Justin Theroux (Six Feet Under) as chief of police Kevin Garvey, a father of two, just trying to keep things normal in spite of the world going in a contrary direction.
Coon, Dowd, Warren
Also appearing will be Carrie Coon playing Nora Durst, a wife and mother whose husband and child were raptured (is that what we’re calling it?), Ann Dowd as Patti Levin, leader of the local chapter of post-rapture organization the Guilty Remnant, and Amanda Warren as Mapleton mayor Lucy Warburton.
We will definitely keep you posted.