December 16, 2013 3:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Transamerica's' Kevin Zegers Joins Fox's 'Broadchurch' Adaptation
Fox's Broadchurch adaptation has added Kevin Zegers to its ranks.
The Transamerica star has joined Fox's Gracepoint event series as a regular, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The eight-part series, which In Treatment’s Dan Futterman and Anya Epstein have been tapped to run, follows the events and investigation that unfold in the sleepy seaside town of Gracepoint after the tragic and mysterious death of a young boy. Though the cause of his death remains unsolved -- he was found on an idyllic beach surrounded by rocks and a jutting cliff face -- the picturesque town where the tragedy occurred is at the heart of a major police investigation and a nationwide media frenzy.
Zegers will play Owen Burke, a handsome, clever and extremely laid-back young reporter for the local town newspaper. Gracepoint born and bred, he didn't want to go away to college -- he couldn’t afford it and he felt he could do what he needed to do here. But now, with the arrival of a big-city journalist, his dormant ambitions are awakened -- getting both himself and his aunt Ellie (Anna Gunn) in big trouble. Jonathan Bailey played a similar role in the BBC America series on which Fox's take is based.
Zegers joins a cast that includes Gunn, David Tennant (Detective Emmett Carver), Jacki Weaver (Susan Wright), Kevin Rankin (Paul Coates) and Virginia Kull (Beth Lasseter).
Zegers, whose credits also include Gossip Girl, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Titanic: Blood and Steel, is repped by ICM Partners, Station 3 and Hansen Jacobson.
Gracepoint is scheduled to begin filming in January for broadcast during the 2014-15 season. The event series is being produced in partnership with Shine America in association with Kudos and Imaginary Friends. Shine International is distributing internationally. The original series' creator, Chris Chibnall (Doctor Who), will executive produce and pen the premiere episode. Joining Chibnall, Futterman and Epstein as exec producers are Shine America’s Carolyn Bernstein (The Bridge) and Kudos’ Jane Featherstone (The Hour).