By Mandi Bierly
Updated July 30, 2020 at 05:02 PM EDT
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Image Credit: Bobby Bank/WireImage.comJason O’Mara, star of ABC’s 1970s-set Life on Mars, has officially been cast in the Fox midseason series Terra Nova, from executive producers Brannon Braga (FlashForward, 24, Star Trek: Enterprise), David Fury (24, Lost, Angel), and Steven Spielberg. According to Variety, the show revolves around “humans from the year 2149 who are forced to find a way to save the human race — and discover a rip in the time-space continuum that can send them back to pre-human Earth.”

“Writing the character of Jim Shannon, we’ve thought of Jason O’Mara as something of an archetype,” Braga told the trade. “He has an everyman quality to him, but there’s something dangerous underneath.”

In May, EW’s Hollywood Insider blog got a peek at the first script. (Fox has given the show, which will start shooting this summer in Australia, a 13-episode commitment.) “The scene: a large group of settlers are preparing to leave the apocalyptic world they live in to time travel back millions of years via a massive, high-tech contraption,” EW’s Lynette Rice wrote. “Their goal is to see trees, enjoy a blue sky, eat real food — basically, to start over in this so-called Eden. But what they find is unlike anything they were expecting.”

Does this sound like the next Lost to you? Personally, I would be fine seeing O’Mara grace EW’s cover wet. (Australia = water, right?)

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