J.J. Abrams' 'Fringe' Benefits Three Stars

Production on their franchise reboot of "Star Trek" hasn't stopped J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman from starting casting on their high-profile FOX series "Fringe."

According to the industry trade papers, Kirk Acevedo, Tomas Arana and Mark Valley will take main roles what will reportedly be a $10 million, two-hour pilot.

Alex Graves ("Journeyman") is directing.

Produced by Abrams' Bad Robot shingle through Warner Bros. TV, the "X-Files"-esque pilot focuses on an odd trio of paranormal investigators -- A brilliant, eccentric research scientist, his estranged son and a young, female FBI agent.

Acevedo, Arana and Valley don't appear to be playing any of those characters.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Arana will play a Homeland Security agent heading the paranormal-obsessed Fringe division, while Acevedo and Valley will both play FBI agents of some sort.

Valley's no stranger to FOX dramas, though his series for the network -- "Pasadena" and "Keen Eddie" -- have been admired and quickly cancelled. He's most recently been doing time on "Boston Legal."

Acevedo's credits include HBO's "Oz" and NBC's "Law & Order: Trial by Jury" and "The Black Donnellys."

Arana's been seen in "Gladiator" and "Bats: Human Harvest."