THR are reporting that Mark-Paul Gosselaar is the latest to join the pilot episode of The Passage. Adapted from Justin Cronin’s epic novel, itself the first of a trilogy, The Passage follows FBI Brad Wolgast (Gosselaar), a man reeling from a recent tragedy. Ordered to effectively steal a young girl from foster care and deliver her to the mysterious Project NOAH, Wolgast is numb enough to not ask questions. Until he meets the little girl, realizes what’s at stake and must make a choice that will change both their lives forever…
Gosselaar is a great choice for Wolgast, and anyone who’s seen his previous work will know how good he is at the sort of wounded, weary idealism that the role needs.
Saniyya Sidney, who we last saw in Hidden Figures, stars as Amy. Amy’s tough, physically competent and no one’s victim. She’s also a vital part of Project NOAH and her destiny is tied to humanity’s whether she wants it or not. The show, unfolding in two time frames at once, is anchored by Amy and Sidney has the exact calm, authorative presence the role needs.
Britt, forever in our hearts as Trip from Agents of SHIELD, joins the cast as Peter. A tough, compassionate man and a reluctant leader, Peter is forced to defend his family and friends from the horrors of Project NOAH at any cost.
We’re really excited about this. The cast are great and if the production can nail the ‘tapestry of small apocalypses’ approach that makes the books so amazing this will be Game of Thrones levels of special. Fingers crossed for a season order.