June 18, 2013 2:35pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Liv Tyler Joins HBO's Damon Lindelof Drama 'The Leftovers'
HBO has found a leading lady for Justin Theroux.
Liv Tyler has been tapped to co-star in the premium cable network's adaptation of The Leftovers, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Based on the Tom Perrotta book of the same name, The Leftovers takes place as the Rapture happens -- but not quite like it’s supposed to. The drama, from Damon Lindelof, tells the story of the people who didn’t make the cut and a world that will never be the same.
Theroux will play Kevin Garvey, the police chief and father of two who's trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy in a world that is starting to completely reject the notion. Tyler will play Meg, a young woman about to be married who needs an escape. She becomes a target for recruitment by members of an enigmatic cult. Should The Leftovers earn a series order, it would mark Tyler's first small-screen regular role.
Repped by UTA and Untitled Entertainment, Tyler has appeared in the Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as Armageddon and 2008's The Incredible Hulk.
Lindelof will co-write and executive produce the Warner Bros. TV effort with Perrotta. Joining the pair as executive producers are Ron Yerxa, Albert Berger, Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey. Berg will also direct The Leftovers pilot.
Tony nominee Carrie Coon, former Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston, Ann Dowd and Amanda Warren co-star.