Fox filling out its 'Fringe'

Noble will be a lead in sci-fi drama

John Noble has been tapped as one of the three leads in "Fringe," Fox's high-profile sci-fi drama from J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

"The Wire" co-star Lance Reddick also has been cast in the project produced by Warner Bros. TV and Abrams' Bad Robot.

The two-hour pilot, being directed by Alex Graves, centers on a young female FBI agent who is forced to confront the spread of unexplained phenomena and work with Dr. Walter Bishop (Noble), an institutionalized scientist whose work might be at the center of the coming storm.

Reddick will play Phillip Broyles, a special agent for Homeland Security who heads the special Fringe division, established to investigate a series of terrorist/paranormal events. (Tomas Arana had been erroneously confirmed as cast in the role).

Australian-born Noble, who played Denethor in "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," is repped by Coast to Coast Talent Group, Seven Summits Management and attorney Dale de la Torre.

Reddick, who plays Lt. Cedric Daniels on HBO's "The Wire," next will be seen in the feature "Tennessee." He is repped by Innovative Artists and manager Steven Adams.