February 28, 2013 03:03:41 GMT
The former 'Common Law' actor lands a lead role in the drama set in the near future, when LAPD officers are paired with human-like androids.
J.J. Abrams has found his robot cop for his new TV project. Michael Ealy has been cast in the pivotal role in the untitled pilot from "Star Trek" helmer Abrams and former "Fringe" showrunner J.H. Wyman.
The action-drama buddy cop show is set in not-too-distant future, when all LAPD officers are partnered with human-like androids. Ealy will portray Dorian, a mechanical officer who is partnered with LAPD officer John Kennex, which is yet to be cast. Dorian understands humanity more than his human partner.
Abrams and Wyman will executive produce the project along with Bryan Burk. Wyman also writes the script, while Brad Anderson is on board to direct the pilot. The project is being developed for FOX.
Ealy had a regular role as Travis Marks on "Common Law", which was recently canceled by USA Network. He also appeared on "FlashForward", "The Good Wife" and "Californication", while his latest big-screen credits include "Underworld: Awakening" and "Think Like a Man".