Roland Emmerich’s New ABC Pilot Will Involve A Hero Astrophysicist And A Nazi

By Saralyn Smith | 9 years ago

Back in January, ABC announced that it had ordered a pilot from Roland Emmerich, creator of science fiction and disaster properties including Stargate, Independence Day, and The Day After Tomorrow. The untitled drama set in New York City during the 2012 presidential election sounded vaguely science fiction-esque, following a young astrophysicist who “learns his destiny lies not in science but somewhere between heaven and hell.” The project is still untitled, but we now have a little more information about some of the characters and the actors signed on to bring them to life.

First up, the central character of the young astrophysicist chosen to battle the forces of evil is named Carter and will be played by Max Thierot. Theirot was previously seen in Jumper and My Soul to Take, and will also star in House at the End of the Street later this year. The really exciting casting news comes in the form of the supporting character Mr. Armin, “a blind former World War II German soldier who is the executor of Carter’s father’s will and Carter’s only true friend.” Mr. Armin will be played by Martin Landau, highly talented and well-respected actor of film and television. Landau has appeared in everything from small screen gems like Space 1999, The Twilight Zone, and The Outer Limits to films like The Fall of the House of Usher, Ed Wood, and Crimes and Misdemeanors.

There’s no new official information about the plot of the pilot, but we can make some guesses based on the new character descriptions. For one, if a central part of Mr. Armin’s character is his role as executor of Carter’s father’s will, we can guess that this involves more than just transferring the deed to the family home. Perhaps Carter will be more in the model of Bruce Wayne or Sam Flynn than a starving grad student fighting for research funding. It also seems like Nazis might come into play at some point, either with regard to the “forces of evil” Carter has to fight or just as something to invoke with regard to those forces. Otherwise, why mark out Mr. Armin as a former World War II German soldier?