Lloyd Owen joins Fox's 'Inseparable'

Cast as the lead in the modern-day Jekyll-and-Hyde tale

"Viva Laughlin" star Lloyd Owen has been tapped as the lead in Fox's one-hour pilot "Inseparable." The casting lifts the contingency on the project, which is in consideration for midseason.

"Inseparable," from ABC Studios and writer/exec producer Shaun Cassidy, is a modern-day Jekyll-and-Hyde tale about a partially paralyzed forensic psychiatrist (Owen) with a split personality whose alter ego is a charismatic criminal.

Owen is the second Brit cast in the role, after Toby Stephens.

"Inseparable," which Cassidy originally developed in 2003 for CBS and Universal, was picked up by Fox before the WGA strike. Back then, the network asked for a revised draft, which Cassidy couldn't complete before the work stoppage began in November.

In effort to get a head start upon conclusion of the strike, Fox brass in January gave their blessing for casting to begin on "Inseparable" but delayed an official pilot order until they read Cassidy's new draft. Stephens was cast as the lead in February.

By the time the pilot order came in May, the studio's hold on Stephens had expired, so the pickup was cast contingent.

This is the second contemporary Jekyll-and-Hyde split-personality drama in the works at the broadcast networks for next season.

In April, NBC gave a straight-to-series order to "My Own Worst Enemy," a one-hour from writer Jason Smilovic that stars Christian Slater as a middle-class suburban dad whose alter ego is a super spy. "Enemy" is slated to air in the Monday 10 p.m. slot in the fall.

Owen's credits include the feature "Miss Potter."