Look who'll play Torchwood's controversial murdering pedophile

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

In what may be one of the most exciting pieces of casting news we've heard in a while, Bill Pullman has been added to the cast of the upcoming Starz/BBC series Torchwood: The New World, set to air next summer. Not only that, but he'll get to play the repenting murdering pedophile character Oswald Jones.

News of Pullman's casting as the new series regular comes only two days after we told you that Mekhi Phifer had been cast in the role of FBI agent Rex Matheson.

The character of Oswald Jones is described as "a dangerously clever convicted murderer who escapes his lifelong prison sentence on a technicality and quickly becomes a media sensation. Genuinely repentant yet boiling with lust and rage, Oswald gets caught up in a terrifying worldwide crisis."

Pullman's role won't be an easy one, since his character has been highly controversial ever since it was announced. Mostly known by genre fans for playing the Han Solo type character Lone Starr in Mel Brook's Star Wars parody Spaceballs, and for his role as president of the United States in Independence Day, Pullman will have his work cut out for him in the upcoming Russell T Davies 10-part series, which will start shooting in January.

So what do you think about Bill Pullman's casting on Torchwood: The New World? Will he be able to pull off the role?

(via Deadline)