One of my favorite actors, Sam Neill, has signed on to the new J.J. Abrams pilot, Alcatraz. The show is in contention for a slot on FOX’s 2011-2012 Fall Schedule.
Alcatraz will follow a team of FBI agents and Alcatraz experts who are assembled after a group of prisoners and guards from the infamous prison reappear in present day after disappearing without a trace a long time ago. The special team is then tasked to track each individual down for answers to the phenomenon.
Neill will portray Emerson Hauser, the head of a government agency who radiates authority and piercing intelligence. Neill joins Sarah Jones, Jonny Coyne, Jason Butler Hartner, and LOST alum Jorge Garcia, who will be the Alcatraz expert of the group.
I’ve always been a fan of Neill, especially in his role as Cardinal Wolsey on The Tudors. I think he will be a good fit to this show.