Fiennes is going 'Forward' at ABC


Joseph Fiennes is in negotiations for the lead in ABC's hot drama pilot "Flash Forward," eyed as a potential companion to "Lost."

John Cho is in negotiations to co-star in the project, from David S. Goyer, Brannon Braga and ABC Studios.

Based on Robert J. Sawyer's sci-fi novel, "Flash" chronicles the chaos that ensues after everyone in the world passes out for 2 minutes and 17 seconds and has a mysterious vision of the future that changes lives forever.

The project centers on Mark Banford (Fiennes), an FBI agent who is patching up his life and his marriage after winning a long struggle with the bottle. Disturbed by the harrowing premonition during his blackout, he races to unravel the mystery, fearful of the murky future that might spell disaster for himself and his loved ones.

Cho will play Dominic Witten, a dedicated FBI agent who is Mark's partner and friend. His experience while unconscious was an absolute blank, which doesn't bode well for his own future as he realizes he might be murdered.

"Forward," which has a pilot order with a series penalty behind it, will be directed by Goyer. He is executive producing with Braga, Jessika Borsiczky Goyer, Vince Gerardis and Ralph M. Vicinanza.

Fiennes, who will next be seen in "Against the Current," which will premiere at Sundance, and "The Escapist," is repped by UTA, manager Gene Perseghian and U.K. agent Ken McReddie.

Cho, who recently reprised his title role in "Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay" and recurred on ABC's "Ugly Betty," next plays Hikaru Sulu in "Star Trek." He's repped by Gersh and Principato Young. (partialdiff)