Luke joins rotation at NBC medical drama
EmptyFilm actor Derek Luke is making his foray into television with a starring role on NBC's drama pilot "Trauma."
Kevin Rankin also is set and Cliff Curtis and Jamey Sheridan are in negotiations to join him on the UMS-produced project, a medical procedural about a team of EMTs.
Additionally, Guillermo Diaz has joined NBC/UMS' other medical drama pilot, "Mercy."
Luke will play a stoic trauma doctor who tries to be a good family man.
Curtis ("Live Free or Die Hard") would play a genius surgeon and adrenaline junkie who travels by helicopter.
"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" alum Sheridan would play an intuitive doctor who runs the trauma center.
Rankin ("Friday Night Lights") will play a paramedic who drives the fire department truck.
Luke, who broke out as the title character in "Antwone Fisher," recently starred in "Notorious," in which he portrayed Sean Combs, and in onscreen in Tyler Perry's "Madea Goes to Jail."
He is repped by WMA, Untitled and attorney Matt Johnson.
"Mercy" is a comedic drama about three nurses bound in friendship. Diaz ("Weeds") will play a male nurse working with them. He is with Innovative and managers Meghan Schumacher and Jill McGrath. (partialdiff)