FOX Beams 'New Amsterdam' Star Into 'Virtuality'
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau joins Ronald D. Moore-scripted two-hour pilot
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Coster-Waldau is sticking with FOX, taking a lead role in the network's two-hour sci-fi pilot "Virtuality."
Written by Ronald D. Moore ("Battlestar Galactica") and produced by Universal Media Studios and BermanBraun, "Virtuality" focuses on the 12-member crew of Phaeton, a starship that leaves Earth on a 10-year exploratory mission. The ship has been equipped with state-of-the-art virtual reality modules that let the crew escape their constrained surroundings. Then things start going wrong with the virtual reality, actual reality gets extra-complicated as well. Don't you hate it when that happens?
Coster-Waldau will play the ship's mission commander Frank Pike. One can only assume the name is a not-so-subtle tip-of-the-hat to the "Star Trek" franchise.
Previously announced stars for the pilot include James D'Arcy, Kerry Bishe, Jimmi Simpson, Joy Bryant, Sienna Guillory, Nelson Lee, Omar Metwally and Richie Coster.
Born in Denmark, Coster-Waldau played immortal police detective John Amsterdam on FOX's short-lived "New Amsterdam." His previous credits included "Firewall" and "Wimbledon."