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HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’: Christopher Eccleston and More Join the Cast

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Boy, that HBO sure is having a banner day. Among the myriad of ‘Game of Thrones’ talk and multiple trailers for the upcoming year, the pay cable network’s Damon Lindelof-helmed pilot drama ‘The Leftovers‘ has added four new names to the rapturous cast, among them ‘Doctor Who‘ and ‘Thor: The Dark World‘ star Christopher Eccleston, along with Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd and Amanda Warren.

Fronted by actor/screenwriter Justin Theroux, HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’ follows the tale of those left behind on Earth after the biblical Rapture, not chosen to be taken up to Heaven. The people of the small town must begin to rebuild their lives after the sudden and mysterious disappearance of over 100 people. With its pilot to be directed by ‘Friday Night Lights‘ Peter Berg, the logline reads: “The Rapture happens. But not quite like it’s supposed to. This is the story of the people who didn’t make the cut… and a world that will never be the same.”

While Theroux plays the lead role of police chief Kevin Garvey, Eccleston will play Matt Jamison, former Reverend and current editor of his self-published tabloid. Coon will take the role of Nora Durst, left-behind wife and mother, while Dowd will play Patti Levin, leader of the “Guilty Remnant,” an organization somewhere between a cult and a movement. Finally, Warren plays Lucy Warburton, the town of Mapleton’s take-no-prisoners mayor, a title held by Theroux’s character in author Tom Perrotta in the 2011 novel of the same name.

Well, what say you? Are you interested to see what HBO and Damon Lindelof cook up for ‘The Leftovers,’ now that Christopher Eccleston has joined in his first US regular role?

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