August 12, 2013 5:19pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Bryan Fuller's Syfy Pilot 'High Moon' Enlists 'Office,' 'Easy A' Alums for Lead Roles (Exclusive)
Syfy has cast the two leads in its upcoming Bryan Fuller drama pilot High Moon.
The Office's Chris Diamantopoulos and Easy A's Jake Sandvig have been tapped to star in the 90-minute pilot from the creator of Pushing Daisies and Hannibal.
High Moon centers on a future when the countries of the Earth establish colonies to mine the Moon's resources, only to see chaos erupt when new forms of life are discovered. It's based on John Christopher's novel The Lotus Caves.
Diamantopoulos will play Ian, a chief investigator for the American federal government who has been dispatched to the moon to figure out the cause of an explosion. He's stunned by what he discovers. The character is outwardly the strong and silent type but has a dizzying agenda that helps make him a closeted neurotic. The only person who can access that side of him is his brother, Marty (Sandvig), whose ability to get under his skin has led to a complex and antagonistic relationship.
Sandvig's Marty is a convict sentenced to serve time as a laborer on the moon. Passionate about his job, Marty is investigated for espionage and sabotage when a giant blast goes off near an area where he was working. The character finds something he knows is a game-changer and will go to the end of the moon to prove he's telling the truth about its existence.
Diamantopoulos (The Starter Wife, Up All Night, Arrested Development) next appears in Showtime's Episodes. He's repped by WME, Untitled and Stone Meyer.
Sandvig, who played Emma Stone's unwelcome suitor Anson in Easy A, starred on NBC's Twenty Good Years. His credits include MTV pilot Hot Mess, Weeds, The Story of Us, Once and Again, The Closer and Veronica Mars. He next appears in An Evergreen Christmas. He's repped by Innovative, Main Title and Felker Toczek.
Fuller executive produces the Universal Cable Productions and Lark Productions vehicle alongside Adam Kane (Being Human), Cary Granat and Steve Granat for Reel FX, Don Murphy and Susan Montford for Angry Films and Louise Clark and Andrew Williamson for Lark Productions. Kane (Pushing Daisies) also will direct the pilot, which was written by Jim Danger Gray (Pushing Daisies) based on a story adaption from Fuller and Gray. Production will begin Aug. 26 in Vancouver.