NBC Sci-Fi ‘La Brea’ Casts Eoin Macken, Jon Seda, Jack Martin & Lily Santiago
NBC’s ‘La Brea‘ has announced some more cast for the new wonderfully wacky sounding sci-fi, including ‘Merlin’s Eoin Macken and ‘Chicago PD’s Jon Seda, alongside Jack Martin & Lily Santiago.
From writer/exec producer David Applebaum (‘NCIS: New Orleans’) ‘Le Brea‘ see a massive sinkhole mysteriously opens in Los Angeles, tearing a family in half, separating mother and son from father and daughter. When part of the family find themselves in an unexplainable primaeval world, alongside a disparate group of strangers, they must work to survive and uncover the mystery of where they are and if there is a way back home.
Eoin Macken is set to play the aforementioned father, Gavin Harris, a recently estranged husband, full of swagger and charm. Macken’s previous work includes playing Gwaine in ‘Merlin’, Dr. TC Callahan in ‘The Night Shift’, and Karl D’Branin in the short-lived Netflix/Syfy series ‘Nightflyers’. The previously announced Zyra Gorecki plays the daughter.
The also previously announced Natalie Zea (‘Justified’, ‘The Following’, ‘The Unicorn’) takes the role of Eve, the mother, whilst Jack Martin (‘All Rise’) takes the part of the son, Josh Harris, who coasts through life on his wit, with a great sense of humour and undeniable charisma. They are joined by Lily Santiago, who is set to portray Veronica, a very rigid and formal woman, who does her best to comfort and protect her younger sister.
Jon Seda will play Dr. Sam Velez, described as the father of a teenage girl who carries himself like the general of an army. Seda is probably best known for his role as Antonio Dawson, which he played across ‘Chicago PD’, ‘Chicago Fire’ and ‘Chicago Justice’. He also starred in HBO’s critically acclaimed ‘Treme’, and the epic war drama ‘The Pacific’.
This isn’t actually the first outing on ‘La Brea’ for Seda, who was originally cast on the pilot last year. However, when the pilot stalled due the pandemic, all the cast were released from their contracts in June. NBC did pick up the drama in January, and the network managed to re-sign Natalie Zea, Zyra Gorecki and Chiké Okonkwo (‘Banshee’, ‘Being Mary Jane’) at that point, with Seda now also re-signing on the show. Eoin Macken replaces Michael Raymond-James, who was originally cast as the father, with Jack Martin replacing Caleb Ruminer, who was originally cast as the son.
David Applebaum executive produces with Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan and Ken Woodruff. Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, is the studio, producing with Keshet Studios.
No news yet on a UK broadcaster for ‘La Brea‘ (although it is an NBC production, so there is a good chance it’ll land on Sky). We’ll let you know when we hear something more.