February 03, 2012 at 12:00 PM EST

Homicide star Andre Braugher has landed the lead role in The Shield creator Shawn Ryan’s ambitious pilot Last Resort.

The ABC drama is about a renegade crew of a nuclear submarine go on the run after defying an order given under strange and suspicious circumstances to deploy their weapons. They seek refuge at a NATO listening post and declare themselves the world’s smallest sovereign nation with nuclear capability. They then face the challenges of creating a new society while potentially fending off threats from other countries.

Braugher will play the captain of the submarine in the project, whose pilot is directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale).

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