New Zealand actor Karl Urban has landed a role in a drama pilot for FOX titled "Human". Urban will play John Kennex, a respected police officer who has emotionally shut down after a tragic mission made him critically injured.
The drama is described as an action-packed buddy-cop show set in the near future, when all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved humanlike androids. If "Human" succeeds to move beyond the pilot stage, it will mark Urban's first series-regular role on U.S. television.
Urban, who is famous for playing Vaako in "The Chronicles of Riddick", will team up with "Common Law" star Michael Ealy. Ealy will play an android detective named Dorian, who has a better grasp of humanity than his human partner does. The supporting cast of the pilot includes Mackenzie Crook, Michael Irby, Minka Kelly and Lili Taylor.
"Fringe" writer J.H. Wyman is chosen to pen the script and to serve as executive producer alongside J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk. "Fringe" director Brad Anderson will direct the pilot.
Urban reunites with Abrams after previously working together in "Star Trek" in 2009. He will reprise his role as Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy in Abrams' "Star Trek Into Darkness" which will arrive in U.S. theaters May 17.