Lucas just what the doctor ordered for Robbins


Josh Lucas has been tapped to star in "Possible Side Effects," Tim Robbins' drama pilot for Showtime.

The project, which Robbins wrote and will direct, centers on the Hunts, a dysfunctional family running a pharmaceutical company. It examines the political, scientific and bureaucratic machinery that makes up the drug industry.

Lucas will play Max Hunt, who tries to keep the business and the family together in the face of controversy.

The casting of Lucas comes almost a year after Showtime greenlighted the pilot. Robbins is executive producing with Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Daniel Thomas.

"Side Effects" marks the biggest series commitment for Lucas, whose feature credits include "Glory Road" and "Sweet Home Alabama." The actor, who recently wrapped "Tell-Tale" and "Peacock," is repped by Endeavor. (partialdiff)