Fox's starship star: D'Arcy psyched for 'Virtuality'


James D'Arcy has been tapped as the lead in "Virtuality," Fox's two-hour back-door pilot from "Battlestar Galactica" mastermind Ronald D. Moore, UMS and BermanBraun.

The sci-fi project, to be directed by Peter Berg, is set aboard the Phaeton, Earth's first starship, on a 10-year journey to explore a distant solar system. To help the crew endure the long trip, NASA has equipped the ship with advanced virtual reality modules, allowing them to assume adventurous identities and go anyplace they want.

Brit D'Arcy ("Churchill at War") will play the ship's psych officer, who produces the virtual reality shows. Last year, the CAA-repped D'Arcy starred on another Fox sci-fi pilot, "Them," which was co-created by Moore's "Battlestar" cohort, David Eick. (partialdiff)