JJ Abrams’ sci-fi cop show casts Dredd’s Karl Urban

Fringe’s JJ Abrams and JH Wyman cast Dredd’s Karl Urban in sci-fi police drama Human

Karl Urban in 2010 comic-book movie Red
Karl Urban in 2010 comic-book movie Red

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dredd and Star Trek Into Darkness star Karl Urban has been cast in the pilot for JJ Abrams and JH Wyman’s Fringe successor, Human.

The show is described as “an action-packed buddy-cop show set in the near future, when all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved humanlike androids” and Urban will play “John Kennex, a respected police officer who has shut down emotionally after a tragic mission that claimed the lives of nine of his fellow elite officers and left him critically injured.”

Urban joins a cast that includes Underworld: Awakening‘s Michael Ealy as Kennex’s android partner Dorian and Hemlock Grove and The Conjuring‘s Lili Taylor as the police captain.

The pilot will be directed and written/produced by Fringe alum Brad Anderson (The Machinist, The Killing) and JH Wyman for Warner Bros Television and Bad Robot.

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