One of the drama pilots in contention at FOX this year is The List, a project from Paul Zbyszewski (Day Break) and Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) about the theft of the master list of members of the Federal Witness Security Program. When members of the program start turning up dead, the hunt begins for the individual responsible for stealing it.
So far, The List has assembled its own impressive list of cast members for the potential series.
Continuing FOX's trend of diversification in lead roles this pilot season, Michael Peña will star as an intense, oddly charismatic Deputy U.S. Marshal named Soto, known for frequently butting heads with the bureaucracy. Described as ruggedly handsome and notoriously quirky, Soto is a maverick who leads the search for the person who stole the titular list, which contains the identity of every member of the Witness Security program.
Nominated for a 2013 Independent Spirit Award for his performance in End of Watch, Peña is the third Latino actor to be cast in a major role in a FOX drama pilot this season. Last month, Ramon Rodriguez (The Wire) landed the lead role in crime drama Gang Related, while John Ortiz (Luck) was tapped to play the best friend of Greg Kinnear's character in the comedic drama Rake.
Best known for playing Vanessa Abrams on The CW's Gossip Girl, Jessica Szohr has been cast as the female lead, fearless FBI Special Agent Natalie Voss. Although she despises dealing with the Federal Witness Security Program, Voss can't help but be intrigued by the quirky, eccentric behavior of Deputy Marshal Soto.
Veteran character actor Gary Cole has also joined the cast as Soto's boss, Chief Inspector Bob McKinnon. Loyal and reliable, McKinnon stands up for Soto whenever the eccentric investigator gets himself in trouble with his superiors.
Set to appear in a season-long arc on the upcoming second season of HBO's Veep, Cole has been featured in countless television series and films over the last 30 years, most recently including a recurring role on CBS's The Good Wife and voice work on FOX's Family Guy. His most memorable role was another portrayal of a boss, the insufferable Bill Lumbergh in cult comedy classic Office Space, and he also held a position of authority as the mephistophelian Sheriff Lucas Buck on CBS's short-lived but beloved American Gothic.
Will you be adding The List to your list of projects to watch?