Spielberg finds his Terra Nova big bad in Avatar's Stephen Lang

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Jul 4, 2015, 4:52 PM EDT

He played the villain in James Cameron's Avatar, will be playing another villain in 2011's Conan movie, and now Stephen Lang is officially on board as—what else?—the main villain in Steven Spielberg's upcoming time-travel dinosaur series Terra Nova.

Lang will portray Frank Taylor, the charismatic and ruthless leader of the Terra Nova settlement.

The epic adventure story will center on the Shannons, an ordinary family from 2149, who travel 85 million years into the past, to a prehistoric Earth where they join the human colony of Terra Nova. Earth is dying, and the human race is being given a second chance at building a civilization in the past.

Terra Nova was originally to have held a panel during the most recent San Diego Comic-Con, but it was canceled because there was basically no footage to show.

Jason O'Mara (U.S. Life on Mars), who will play Jim Shannon in the series, was the first actor to be cast in the Spielberg series. Actress Allison Miller (17 Again, Kings) will play Skye, a veteran Terra Nova colonist who will take Jim Shannon's son under her wing.

With the addition of Stephen Lang, we hope casting will take a more rapid pace. And it needs to, since FOX is set to air a preview in May 2011, probably after the season finale of one of its biggest series (perhaps Glee or, even more likely, Fringe) before premiering in the fall.

(via Deadline)