From the big screen to the small screen. The new TV series from Fringe creators J.H. Wyman and J.J. Abrams will start production soon for Fox, and it looks like Abrams will be reunited with his Star Trek Into Darkness star, New Zealand actor Karl Urban.
According to THR, Urban will join Friday Night Lights actor Minka Kelly, who was recently cast, in the new TV drama now titled Humans. The show will be set in the near future when all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. Karl Urban will play the role of John Kennex, a respected LAPD police officer who, after a cataclysmic assignment that cost the lives of nine of his fellow police officers, was left brutally injured and emotionally shut down. Minka Kelly is set to play Valerie Stahl, an LAPD police officer with a strong moral compass who looks for the best in people, rather than the worst.
Karl Urban played the character of Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot and the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness. Last year he played Judge Dredd in Dredd 3D, and earlier appeared in The Bourne Supremacy, Chronicles of Riddick, and The Lord of the Rings. Minka Kelly starred in the short-lived Charlie’s Angels TV reboot on ABC. Before that, she received recognition for playing the character of Lyla Garrity on TV’s Friday Night Lights.
If Fox picks up the series, which is very likely, then Karl Urban would be a series regular, a first for him on American TV. The series also includes Michael Ealy (Common Law) as Kennex’s android partner, Dorian; Lili Taylor (High Fidelity) as the police captain; and Mackenzie Crook (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) and Michael Irby (Fast Five).