We’re knee-deep in pilot season and just caught wind of another potential television spot on the horizon. House alum Omar Epps has been tapped to star in ABC’s drama pilot The Returned, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Based on the Jason Mott novel, the show will center on the puzzling event of people’s deceased loved ones returning to life as if they’ve never died. Criminal Minds‘ Aaron Zelman will serve as writer of the pilot with Charles McDougall (The Office, Sex and the City) as director.
Epps will take on the role of Martin Bellamy, a former cop and current agent with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Having no family of his own, he has a special soft spot for children and becomes consumed with the mysterious case of a boy, played by Landon Gimenez, who appeared out of nowhere in the middle of rural China.
Kurtwood Smith (That ’70s Show) will play Harold, the boy’s father, who is stunned by the reappearance of his son who died more than 30 years ago.
Devin Kelley, Matt Craven, Frances Fisher, Sam Hazeldine, Samaire Armstrong, Nicholas Gonzalez and Mark Hildreth will also star in the network pilot which will soon shoot in Atlanta.