J.J. Abrams’ Sci-Fi Cop Drama Casts Karl Urban, Minka Kelly and Michael Ealy

Karl Urban It looks like J.J. Abrams didn’t have to look very far to find a leading man for his new sci-fi Fox show “Human”. Karl Urban, who played Bones in Abrams’ two “Star Trek” movies, has been officially cast as the male lead in the Abrams-produced “Humans”.

Urban joins the previously cast Minka Kelly (“Charlie’s Angels”) and Michael Ealy (“Underworld: Awakening”) on the show.

Set in the near future, “Human” will star Urban as an L.A.P.D. cop partnered up with an android partner (to be played by Ealy). Urban’s character is John Kennex, a “respected police officer who has shut down emotionally after a tragic mission left him critically injured.”

Ealy will play Dorian, while Kelly will play a fellow cop on the show, which was created by J.H. Wyman. Lili Taylor will also star on the Fox show, which is still in the pilot stage.

Urban is coming off “Dredd”, and “Human” will be his first regular TV gig. That is, if the show goes to series. That’s not a given in today’s market, even with Abrams’ name attached.

This is actually a pretty old premise — the loose cannon cop and his more reserved, by-the-book partner. “Alien Nation”, “Mann and Machine”, the list goes on. Nothing new here, but it is 2013, and we haven’t had one of these in a while, so there’s that.

Minka Kelly

Via : Deadline