Justin Theroux
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HBO’s pilot about the apocalypse has found its lead: Justin Theroux will star in The Leftovers.

The project is based on the book by Tom Perrotta, who’s a co-writer and executive producer on the show along with Damon Lindelof (Lost, Prometheus). Stephen King once called the book “the best Twilight Zone episode you never saw.”

The official logline: “The Rapture happens. But not quite like it’s supposed to. This is the story of the people who didn’t make the cut… and a world that will never be the same.”

Theroux plays Kevin Garvey, a town’s chief of police (changed from the town’s mayor in the novel). He’s a father of two, “a man trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy in a world that is starting to completely reject that notion.” The actor has had arcs on NBC’s Parks and Recreation and HBO’s Six Feet Under, but is probably best known to readers as Mr. Jennifer Aniston.

Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) will direct the pilot. Berg also has an executive producer credit along with Ron Yerxa, Albert Berger and Sarah Aubrey.