Veteran actor Sam Neill, whose credits include “Alcatraz,” “Crusoe,” and “The Tudors” on television, as well as “Jurassic Park” and “The Piano” on the big screen, has taken an integral role on the CBS drama pilot “The Ordained,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Also signed on for the show is “Entourage” standout Emmanuelle Chriqui.
The casting reunites Neill with his former “Alcatraz” co-star Jorge Garcia. The legal thriller stars “Boardwalk Empire’s” Charlie Cox.
“’Ordained’ centers on Tom (Cox), the son of a Kennedy-esque family who leaves the priesthood and becomes a lawyer to prevent his politician sister from being assassinated,” the story reports. “Neill will play Michael Thomas Riley, Tom’s dad, who is best known as The Governor. He’s a former three-term governor of New York and failed candidate for president with political aspirations for his daughter, Packy. Chriqui will portray Sam, a writer who lives next door to Tom who is spontaneous and everything Tom isn’t.”
The script for the CBS Television Studios production is being written by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, who will also executive produce with Frank Marshall, Larry Shuman and A.B. Fischer. RJ Cutler is signed to direct the pilot.
“Chriqui, who starred as Sloan on HBO’s ‘Entourage,’ will make her drama series regular debut with the role,” the report notes. “Her credits include a recent arc on CBS’s ‘The Mentalist’ as well as voice roles in ‘Tron: Uprising’ and ‘Thundercats.’”