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J.J. Abrams Taps Karl Urban for FOX Robot Cop Pilot ‘Human’

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Between the titular role of ‘Dredd‘ and the iconic portrayal of classic ‘Star Trek‘ character Leonard “Bones” McCoy, Karl Urban needed little help breaking out as a major Hollywood talent. Even so, ‘Star Trek Into Darkness‘ director J.J. Abrams has decided to continue his relationship with Urban, tapping the actor for the lead role in forthcoming FOX drama pilot ‘Human,’ a new high-concept drama of police officers and their android partners. Get an inside look at Karl Urban’s new TV role inside!

We weren’t previously certain what to make of Bad Robot’s upcoming FOX pilot chronicling android cops (now going by the title ‘Human’), but the series has our attention after adding some Bones. Outlets report that ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Dredd’ star Karl Urban has landed the leading role in the buzz-worthy J.H. Wyman-produced pilot drama, that of its futuristic police officer lead.

Set in the near future, ‘Human’ unfolds as an action-packed buddy cop drama wherein all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. Urban will take on the leading role of John Kennex (get it?), a respected police officer who has shut down emotionally (get it?!) following a disastrous mission that killed nine fellow officers and left him critically injured.

Former ‘Common Law‘ star Michael Ealy will portray Kennex’s android partner Dorian, from a cast that includes Lili Taylor as the police captain, and co-stars Minka Kelly, Mackenzie Crook (‘Game of Thrones‘) and Michael Irby. Former ‘Fringe‘ showrunner Wyman Wyman will pen the pilot script and executive produce alongside Abrams and Bryan Burk, with Kathy Lingg and Reid Shane acting as co-executive producers. Brad Anderson will direct and co-executive produce the pilot.

What say you? Does Karl Urban at the center of a new J.J. Abrams pilot for FOX make you want to check out ‘Human’?

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