Christopher Eccleston joins Damon Lindelof's 'The Leftovers' for HBO

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christopher-eccleston.jpgChristopher Eccleston won't be appearing in the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary special, but he could be back on TV soon if HBO picks up Damon Lindelof's drama pilot "The Leftovers."

Eccleston is one of four new additions to the cast, joining leading man Justin Theroux in the pilot directed by Peter Berg and co-written by Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, based on Perrotta's 2011 novel.

The story is set after the Rapture happens with unexpected results. Eccleston will play Matt Jamison, a Reverend-turned-tabloid editor.

Also joining the pilot are "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" Tony nominee Carrie Coon as a wife and mother "left behind" when her family is Rapture-d, Ann Dowd ("Compliance," "Side Effects") as a leader in a cult-like organization and Amanda Warren ("The Closer") as a local mayor.

In addition to his role in reviving the BBC's "Doctor Who," Eccleston previously recurred on American television in "Heroes."
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