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Milo Ventimiglia Boards ABC Alien Drama 'The Visitors'

The "Mob City" alum has joined the cast of the drama starring "Revenge's" Barry Sloane.

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Milo Ventimiglia

That didn't take long.

Less than two weeks after TNT canceled Mob City, co-star Milo Ventimiglia has booked a co-starring role in ABC's alien drama The Visitors, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

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The drama, from executive producer Steven Spielberg, is described as a race against the clock to defeat an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world using the Earth's most precious resource: children.

Heroes alum Ventimiglia, who received multiple offers this pilot season, will play John Doe/Drew Bennigan, a guy who is found unconscious in a D.C. alleyway who wakes up to discover he's lost his memory. Determined to figure out his life, he follows the clues of his tattoos to learn he's Drew Bennigan, Claire's missing husband, and is now forced to live a life he doesn't remember as he fights to regain his memory or cross over to the enemy's side. Revenge's Barry Sloane stars as Wes, a Defense Department investigator probing what turns out to be a shocking discovery. Derek Webster co-stars.

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Under the Dome's Soo Hugh will pen the script and executive produce the Amblin TV and Grady Girl Productions entry alongside Dawn Olmstead, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Spielberg. Mark Romanek will direct the pilot. Derek Webster co-stars.

Ventimiglia, repped by CAA, Management 360 and attorney Jeff Frankel, next stars in The Weinstein Co. feature Grace of Monaco and also stars in and exec produces Chosen for Sony's Crackle.

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