January 14, 2013 7:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
CBS' 'Under the Dome' Casts 'Jake and the Never Land Pirates' Star
CBS has cast its first series regular in the buzzy summer drama Under the Dome.
Jake and the Never Land Pirates star Colin Ford has been tapped to play Joe, a teenager in Chester's Mill, the small New England town that is suddenly and mysteriously sealed off by an enormous transparent dome.
Based on the 2009 Stephen King novel, the series follows residents in the community as they deal with the postapocalyptic conditions while searching for answers as to what the barrier is, where it came from and when -- and if -- it will go away. Joe is described as being a smart kid who is freaked out when he discovers that both of his parents are on the other side of the dome.
CBS Television Studios will produce the drama, which was picked up straight to series, in association with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television. Neal Baer (A Gifted Man, Law & Order: SVU), King, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Stacey Snider and comic scribe Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Lost) -- who penned the Under the Dome television adaptation -- will serve as executive producers. Director Niels Arden Oplev (Unforgettable, Sweden's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) will direct the first episode.
Ford voices the title role in Disney Junior Annie Award-winning musical Jake and the Never Land Pirates, with the show's third season scheduled to premiere in February. Repped by UTA, Management 360 and Ziffren Brittenham, his feature credits include features We Bought a Zoo, Push and Eye of the Hurricane. His small-screen roles include playing a young Sam Winchester on the CW's Supernatural, voice roles on Fox's Family Guy and an episode of The Mob Doctor.
CBS generated buzz at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour during the weekend after screening a concept reel for Under the Dome, which will premiere at 10 p.m. Monday, June 24.