John Cho is reprising his role as Sulu in J.J. Abrams’s upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness, but he’s also jumping aboard an update of another classic property. The star of the Harold and Kumar franchise is joining the cast of Fox’s Sleepy Hollow pilot, in addition to his recurring role on NBC’s first-year sitcom Go On.
Based on Washington Irving’s 1820 short story, the show, from Fringe creators—and Star Trek writers—Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, puts a different spin on the legend. In the “supernatural thriller,” spindly investigator Ichabod Crane (British actor Tom Mison) and his primary nemesis, the Headless Horseman, have been transported to modern times.
Cho will play a Sleepy Hollow cop, officer Andy Dunn. A personable fellow on the surface, Dunn seems to be helpful and have everyone’s best interests at heart. There are, however, hints that there may be something more going on with him than you are initially led to believe.
Kurtzman and Orci will write the script and executive produce the pilot, and Total Recall/Live Free or Die Hard helmer Len Wiseman will direct. Sleepy Hollow will also star Orlando Jones, Katia Winter, and Nicole Beharie.
This news comes just after we learned that Cho’s Trek costar Karl Urban has joined the cast of Abrams’s cop-with-a-robot-partner pilot, Human. We’re going to see those Trek boys all over the boob tube. Assuming these pilots are any good, and that they get picked up, both of which are big, big leaps of faith indeed.