After losing its high-profile lead actor, the Showtime pilot "Masters of Sex" has found a new lead — Welsh-born stage veteran Michael Sheen will play the 1960s human sexuality pioneer William Masters, reports Deadline.com.
Additionally, "Party Down" actress Lizzy Caplan, who has been in talks with the project for a while, just closed a deal to play Virginia Johnson, a member of the research team and the wife of Masters, the story reports.
British actor Paul Bettany, who is known for his roles in “A Beautiful Mind,” “The Da Vinci Code” and other feature films, was set to play the lead but dropped out of the project in January.
The new lead actor, Sheen, played David Frost in "Frost/Nixon" and has played Tony Blair in a number of productions, including the feature film "The Queen" and HBO’s "The Special Relationship," the story notes. He received an Emmy nomination for the HBO production.
The Showtime project is based on Thomas Maier’s book "Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love.”