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'Star Trek' actor Karl Urban to star in J.J. Abrams' android-cop pilot

Date March 12, 2013

By Tim Kenneally

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Karl Urban is going back to the future with J.J. Abrams again, this time on the small screen.

Urban, who plays Bones in Abrams' "Star Trek" movie franchise, has snagged the lead in a Fox pilot being executive produced by Abrams.

"Human," previously known as "Inhuman" and "Untitled Bad Robot/J.H. Wyman Project," is set in the near future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids.

Urban will play John Kennex, a respected police officer who has shut down emotionally after a severe injury.

Described as an "action-packed buddy cop show," the one-hour drama is being written by "Fringe" writer/executive producer J.H. Wyman, who's also executive producing along with Abrams and Bryan Burk.

Brad Anderson ("The Machinist") is directing the project, which comes from Abrams' Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

"Friday Night Lights" star Minka Kelly, "Six Feet Under" actress Lili Taylor, "Pirates of the Caribbean" actor Mackenzie Crook and Michael Irby have also been cast in the pilot.

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