The cast for CBS' upcoming pilot 'Surgeon General' just got even more impressive. Sean Astin ('The Lord of the Rings' trilogy, 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles') has just signed on in a lead role opposite Jason Issacs.
Written by Samuel Baum and produced by CBS TV Studios, the project centers on Dr. John Sherman (Isaacs), the most powerful doctor in the nation, the Surgeon General, who has 315 million patients. Astin will play Dr. Fischer, a psychiatrist, a member of Dr. Sherman’s team, overseeing the nation’s mental health.
Astin has managed to find memorable, high-profile success at every stage of his career. He became known as a child star for his appearance in 'The Goonies.' Later, in his twenties, he starred in the classic college football film 'Rudy.' A decade after that, Astin played Samwise in 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy of films. Now, at age forty-two, Astin has maintained a television career alongside his feature success with a lead role as Raphael in Nickelodeon's new 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' effort.
Astin is joining Jason Issacs, an impeccably talented actor who has yet to reach the same heights of fame as Astin. Issacs has starred in television series like 'Awake' and the criminally-underrated 'Brotherhood' where he played a member of the Irish mob in Rhode Island. Issacs landing the lead role in 'Surgeon General' and being supported by talent such as Astin makes this pilot a good bet for skyrocketing him to success.
Astin can next be seen in the feature film 'The Call' starring Halle Berry.