Meaney To Remake 'Life On Mars'

By Michelle
August 21, 2007 - 8:48 PM

Colm Meaney (Miles O'Brien) is set to star in the US remake of Life on Mars, the BBC series about a time-traveling detective and his 1970s police cohorts.

Reuters reported that the Next Generation and Deep Space Nine star - who has also had an acclaimed film career including Layer Cake and The Commitments - will play Detective Hunt, the brusque and witty head of a 1972 homicide unit infiltrated by a detective from 2006.

Fellow Dublin actor Jason O'Mara will play Sam, the time traveler. In the BBC series, O'Mara's character is played by John Simm and Meaney's by Philip Glenister. The US production, which will air on ABC, is produced by Boston Legal's David E. Kelley.

The UK's What's On TV characterised Hunt as "politically incorrect" and called him "the loudmouthed head of the homicide unit...who clashes with Sam." What's On TV also reported that Lenny Clarke and Rachelle Lefevre are said to be in talks to join the cast as well.

Life on Mars won an International Emmy Award for best drama series and has a spinoff in the works, Ashes to Ashes, which will bring back Hunt with a new female detective from the 21st century. The ABC version will go into production this month for a likely midseason premiere, according to Zap2It.

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