HBO is heating up The Leftovers.
The cabler has given a series order to Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof‘s drama project, based on Tom Perrotta’s 2011 novel of the same name.
The Leftovers — with a pilot written by Lindelof and Perrotta, and directed by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) — is set after the Rapture and tells the story of those folks who didn’t quite make the cut.
The 10-episode series stars Justin Theroux (Six Feet Under) as police chief Kevin Garvey, a father of two who is trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy in a world that is starting to completely reject that notion. Amy Brenneman (Private Practice) plays his wife Laurie, who leaves her husband and kids behind to join a mysterious cult.
The ensemble also includes Liv Tyler (The Lord of the Rings) as a woman targeted by said cult for recruitment, Emily Meade (aka Fringe‘s Ella) as a high-school mean girl unfazed by the apocalyptic happenings, Desperate Housewives twins Max and Charlie Carver and Chris Zylka (The Secret Circle).
Lindelof will serve as showrunner and exec-produce alongside Perrotta, Berg, Sarah Aubrey, Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger.Follow @VladaGelman