The Steven Spielberg-produced TV series Terra Nova had its release date pushed back to Fall 2011 last month – a delay that has made it once again possible for actor Stephen Lang to join the cast of the show.
Lang was previously considered a frontrunner to play a lead on Terra Nova, but his increasingly busy schedule and involvement with the Conan reboot prevented him from pursing a role on the series. He has now been approached by the Terra Nova producers – whose numbers no longer include David Fury (more on that later) – to star opposite Jason O’Mara in the time travel drama.
Read on for a brief synopsis of Terra Nova:
In the year 2149 the world is dying. The planet is overdeveloped, overcrowded and overpolluted. With the majority of plant and animal life extinct, devotion to science has brought mankind to the brink of destruction, but has also provided its only hope for salvation. Knowing there is no way to reverse the damage to the planet, a coalition of scientists has managed to open up a fracture in the space-time continuum, creating a portal to prehistoric Earth. This doorway leads to an amazing world, one that allows for a last-ditch effort to save the human race… possibly changing the future by correcting the mistakes of the past.
O’Mara will play Jim Shannon, who – according to the official Terra Nova synopsis – is “a devoted father with a checkered past.” Lang would star as “the charismatic Commander Frank Taylor, the leader of the [Terra Nova] settlement, and the heroic first pioneer through the time portal.”
Avatar gave Lang the chance to shine as the gruff Colonel Miles Quaritch and the actor was convincing as a muscle-bound military figure who presumed he knew best how to handle an alien world. The character of Frank Taylor sounds right up that same alley.
Terra Nova still has the production powerhouse that is Spielberg behind it, though it will no longer be executive produced by David Fury. Fury’s name does not have the recognition factor of someone like Spielberg or J.J. Abrams, but he has taken on production duties for a number of hit/cult TV shows, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Lost, and 24.
Brannon Braga (FlashForward) will handle Terra Nova executive producing duties on his own for now. The show will unquestionably be an FX-heavy, big-budget affair of a TV series, so expect to hear about a replacement for Fury in the future.
Terra Nova will hit the small screen beginning Fall 2011.