Trio branch out for Fox's 'Oaks'


Bahar Soomekh, Matt Lanter and Shannon Lucio have been cast in Fox's new paranormal drama "The Oaks."

The project, from 20th Century Fox TV and Little Engine, was picked up by the network last month with a rich series commitment after a heated bidding war (HR 8/4).

Written by David Schulner and to be run by Shawn Ryan, "Oaks" tells the intertwined stories of three families -- a young couple who have just lost a child in 1968, a family of four in 1988 and a pregnant couple in 2008 -- who live in the same house and are haunted by a restless spirit.

Lucio and Lanter will play the 1968 couple; Soomekh will play the pregnant woman, who is a highly educated, capable executive, in 2008.

Michael Cuesta is directing the pilot for "Oaks," which is slated to begin production in November. He also is executive producing with Schulner, Ryan and Little Engine's Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo.

Soomekh, repped by the Kohner Agency, co-starred on ABC's "Day Break" last season. Her feature credits include "Crash" and "Saw III."

Lanter, repped by Endeavor, co-starred on ABC's "Commander in Chief" and did arcs on NBC's "Heroes" and CBS' "Shark."

"The O.C." alumna Lucio, repped by WMA, co-starred in the pilot for the CBS series "Moonlight" this past development season. She will next be seen in the feature "Feast of Love."