Jason Isaacs To Star In Inception-Like NBC Pilot

One of the hottest actors this pilot season is off the market. After fielding more than a half-dozen offers, Jason Isaacs has signed on for the lead in REM, an NBC drama pilot from Lone Star creator Kyle Killen.

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In addition to starring, Isaacs will serve as producer on the project, which is described as an Inception-style thriller centered on a cop (Isaacs) who wakes up after an accident to find he is living in two different realities.

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The casting of Isaacs lifts the contingency on the pilot, run by former 24 showrunner Howard Gordon.

REM brings the Brit back to 20th TV, where he starred in the drama pilot for Fox Pleading Guilty last season.

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Isaacs had been in demand ever since the Showtime drama Brotherhood ended in 2008. He was first pursued in the 2009 pilot season, but was unavailable because of commitments to the Harry Potter movies (in which he plays Lucius Malfoy). Then a year ago, he received eight offers and went with the aforementioned Pleading Guilty.

Isaacs will next be seen in the final Harry Potter film and the Taylor Lautner starrer Abduction.

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  1. Alex says:

    Two different realities? Sounds kind of like Fringe. That’ll be hard to top.

  2. Jaime says:

    Two different realities?? Tell me they’re not ripping off Fringe…

    • Kris says:

      Why would anything rip-off a show that will probably be canceled this season.

      • Esaul says:

        If you look at the numbers, Fringe has been doing quite well since it moved to Friday, and I don’t even watch the show. Fox, I think wants to keep it going.

      • carnie says:

        Pipe down, Debbie Downer! Quench not our hope for Fringe! Fringe is awesome! That aside, I absolutely love Jason Isaacs and hope he does well, although I’d most love to see him back with Donna on West Wing!

  3. Thomas says:

    Sounds a lot like Life on Mars?

  4. Rob says:

    Fringe + Life on Mars + (apparently) Inception = REM

  5. Kami says:

    LOVED Brotherhood!! I think it would be awesome if Jason Isaacs did a guest spot on Chicago Code with Jason Clarke.

  6. Adam says:

    I don’t know how I feel about a rip-off of Inception + Fringe, But with Jason Issacs starring its worth checking out, on the bright side, its bound to be better than season 3 of Fringe.

  7. fair says:

    I loved Fringe until the show moved to the 2 different realities theme. Completely lost interest after about 2 shows from that point. It just got stupid.

  8. John Berggren says:

    Is it just me, or does he look soooooooooooooooooo much better without that blonde wig?

  9. Cate says:

    Hello to Jason Isaacs!

  10. KY says:

    Will Michael Stipe be doing the music theme?