March 30, 2012 3:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Star Trek's' Ben Cross Joins Alan Ball's Cinemax Drama 'Banshee'
Star Trek's Ben Cross is beaming into Cinemax's drama Banshee.
The actor, who played Sarek, the Vulcan ambassador and father to Zachary Quinto's Spock in the J.J. Abrams feature, has been tapped to co-star in the Alan Ball drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Jonathan Tropper and David Schicker will pen the drama, which revolves around Lucas Hood (Antony Starr) a criminal who steps in to the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Penn., where he continues his shady ways while being hunted by gangsters he crossed in his past.
Cross will play Mr. Rabbit, a ruthless Ukrainian gangster who has been hunting down Lucas and Carrie (Ivana Milicevic) -- his former top thieves -- for 15 years. Ulrich Thomsen co-stars as Proctor, a successful and intimidating local businessman.
True Blood's Ball will executive produce alongside House's Greg Yaitanes, Peter Macdissi (Six Feet Under), Tropper and Schickler. Yaitanes will direct.
In addition to his role in Star Trek, the Vanguard Management Group-repped actor's credits include playing Prince Charles in Lifetime's William & Kate telefilm. He next appears opposite Ben Kingsley in A Common Man.