Damon Lindelof is something of a divisive figure among film and TV fans. The writer/producer has long dealt with criticism regarding his handling of the larger story points and mysteries in works such as Lost and Prometheus. Regardless, Lindelof's about to re-enter the world of television with The Leftovers.
The series – which will deal with the aftermath of a Rapture-like event – has already cast Justin Theroux in the lead and snagged Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Battleship) to direct the pilot. Now the project continues to come together, with news that four new actors have been cast to flesh out The Leftovers' regular cast.
According to Deadline, Christopher Eccleston, Ann Dowd, Amanda Warren and Carrie Coon will appear on The Leftovers as various citizens of the small town where Theroux's character is the chief of police. Eccleston – best known for his run as the title character on Doctor Who in 2005 – will play Matt Jamison, a former Reverend and editor of a self-published tabloid. The Leftovers marks the first U.S. regular series role for the actor, who's also set to face off against the titular Marvel hero in Thor: The Dark World this fall.
Dowd will play Patti Levin, leader of a cult-like organization known as the Guilty Remnant. The actress has guest-starred on a number of television series and had roles in films like Compliance, Garden State and Apt Pupil.
Warren has appeared on TV series such as The Closer and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. She will play Lucy Warburton, mayor of the town that serves as the show's setting. Meanwhile, Coon will appear as Nora Durst, a wife and mother who finds herself without her family by her side after the event that kicks off the show's narrative. Most recently, Coon appeared on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
The eclectic mix of actors on the show reflects the ensemble nature of previous Lindelof productions and may bode well for the show's storytelling approach. Since its goal is to demonstrate how this mysterious event has affected the town, it only stands to reason that the focus is broad enough to include a variety of characters who play various roles in the town's larger dynamic.
Lindelof himself has admitted that the series would need to include characters not featured in the 2011 novel by Tom Perrotta, which serves as the show's basis. However, this apparently also includes changes to the characters who were featured in the novel, as Theroux's character has gone from being the town's mayor to its police chief.
How such alterations will affect the show's longevity (and how fans of the novel will react) remains to be seen, but it looks as if the latest Lindelof project may indeed spark controversy once more, due in no large part to its religious subject matter. In any case, The Leftovers will be one to watch.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for The Leftovers, as the HBO series continues to develop.