Jason Isaacs To Star In Inception-Like NBC Pilot

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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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Comments (15)

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

    Comment by Alex – February 20, 2011 05:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Two different realities?? Tell me they’re not ripping off Fringe…

    Comment by Jaime – February 20, 2011 05:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Why would anything rip-off a show that will probably be canceled this season.

      Comment by Kris – February 20, 2011 08:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Esaul – February 21, 2011 08:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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!

        Comment by carnie – February 21, 2011 01:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sounds a lot like Life on Mars?

    Comment by Thomas – February 20, 2011 07:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Fringe + Life on Mars + (apparently) Inception = REM

    Comment by Rob – February 20, 2011 08:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • LOVED Brotherhood!! I think it would be awesome if Jason Isaacs did a guest spot on Chicago Code with Jason Clarke.

    Comment by Kami – February 21, 2011 02:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Adam – February 21, 2011 06:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by fair – February 21, 2011 09:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Fringe is anything but stupid. This season is the best so far. I admit the two universes theme does get a little confusing, but stupid it isn’t.

      Comment by Cheers – February 21, 2011 01:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Wow. That’s actually when Fringe got really good.

      Comment by John Berggren – February 21, 2011 02:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is it just me, or does he look soooooooooooooooooo much better without that blonde wig?

    Comment by John Berggren – February 21, 2011 01:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hello to Jason Isaacs!

    Comment by Cate – February 21, 2011 06:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Will Michael Stipe be doing the music theme?

    Comment by KY – February 22, 2011 04:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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