The former "Undercovers" lead fills out the cast of the likely mid-season Fox drama.
British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw has been cast opposite Kiefer Sutherland in Fox's drama pilot Touch.
Production was stalled as the former 24 star was consumed by a Broadway revival of Jason Miller’s That Championship Season. Given both the strength of the script as well as Sutherland's star power, it is widely viewed as a sure-thing for Fox's midseason schedule.The project, written by Heroes' Tim Kring, revolves around a father (Sutherland) and his autistic, mute son who can predict events before they happen. Mbatha-Raw is set to play a social worker with child and family services who is accessing the son's living conditions.David Mazouz (Amish Grace) andDanny Glover (Lethal Weapon) fill out the cast as the son and his teacher, respectively.
Production was stalled as the former 24 star was consumed by a Broadway revival of Jason Miller’s That Championship Season. Given both the strength of the script as well as Sutherland's star power, it is widely viewed as a sure-thing for Fox's midseason schedule.
Mbatha-Raw, who is best known stateside for her recent work on J.J. Abrams' NBC drama Undercovers, is repped by CAA and Principal Entertainment.
Touch: Danny Glover Joins Kiefer Sutherland Fox Pilot
He’ll play a professor who works with gifted children in the drama project.
1:29 PM 6/9/2011 by Lesley Goldberg
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Danny Glover has been cast in Touch, Fox’s likely midseason drama starring Kiefer Sutherland, sources confirm to The Hollywood Reporter.
From Heroes creator Tim Kring, the drama pilot revolves around a father (Sutherland) and his autistic and mute son (David Mazouz) who can predict events before they happen.
As first reported byTV Line, Glover will play Arthur DeWitt, a professor who works with gifted children.
Kring penned the script and is executive producing with Sutherland,Katherine Pope and Peter Chernin for 20th Television and Chernin Entertainment.
The drama marks Kring’s first series since Heroes and Sutherland’s first since 24. Production on Touch will begin soon now that Sutherland has completed his run on Broadway in the revival of Jason Miller’s That Championship Season.
Glover’s most recent TV credits include episodes of Human Target, My Name Is Earl and an arc onBrothers & Sisters.
By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Tuesday June 7, 2011 @ 6:04pm PDT
EXCLUSIVE: Child actor David Mazouz (Lifetime's Amish Grace) has landed the younger lead opposite Kiefer Sutherland in the Fox drama pilot Touch. The project, which is considered a lock for a midseason series order, centers on Martin (Sutherland) who discovers that his genius son Jake (Mazouz) is communicating with him through a complex series of numbers and may even be able to predict events before they happen. Jake rarely shows emotion, refuses to be touched, and instead busies himself with cast-off cell phones, able to see the world with something akin to the eye of God, where every action, thought, breath is interconnected. Tim Kring wrote the script and is exec producing with Katherine Pope and Peter Chernin for 20th TV and Chernin Entertainment.