James Wolk to Star in CBS' 'Zoo'

James Wolk - H 2014
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James Wolk - H 2014

CBS has found its leading man for Zoo.

James Wolk, who last co-starred in The Crazy Ones for the network, has landed the starring role in the summer drama based on James Patterson's best-selling novel.

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Zoo is a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans sweeping the planet. Patterson's book, originally published in September 2012 by Little, Brown and Company is a New York Times best-seller and has been translated into six languages and sold more than 4 million copies.

Wolk will play Jackson Oz, a renegade American zoologist who spends his days running safaris in the wilds of Africa when he begins noticing the strange behavior of the animals. As the assaults become more cunning, coordinated and ferocious, he is thrust into the race to unlock the mystery of the pandemic before there’s no place left for people to hide.

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Wolk is repped by ICM Partners, Greenlight Management and Frankfurt Kurnit. Prior to joining the CBS family, the actor appeared in Mad Men, Political Animals, Happy Endings, Shameless and broke through on the short-lived Fox drama Lone Star. On the big screen Wolk 's credits include Always Woodstock, You Again and For a Good Time Call. He recently wrapped production on indies The Stanford Experiment and This Is Happening.

Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg are executive producers with James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Steve Bowen. Brad Anderson is directing. CBS Television Studios is producing.

In July, CBS inked a big domestic deal with Netflix that is said to be considerably richer than the ones Amazon made for Under the Dome and Extant, which has the company paying close to $1 million per episode.

Zoo will premiere in summer 2015.

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