Spielberg's Terra Nova series may have found its star

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

Steven Spielberg may go to another planet to find the star for his eagerly awaited Terra Nova TV series. Jason O'Mara, last seen in the short-lived (and quite controversial) U.S. version of Life on Mars, is in talks to star in Fox's midseason series, Deadline reported.

O'Mara, who appeared in Mars as a New York City homicide detective who suddenly finds himself inexplicably transported from 2008 to 1973, would be the first actor cast in Terra Nova. Offers have reportedly been made to two other actors for various roles on the project, but neither of them has gotten to the negotiation stage.

Terra Nova would also send O'Mara traveling through time, as the series focuses on an ordinary family from 2149, when the planet is dying, who are transported back 85 million years to prehistoric Earth, where they join a colony of humans with a second chance to build a civilization. O'Mara would play Jim Shannon, a devoted father with a checkered past who guides his family through this mysterious new land.

O'Mara turned in a wonderful performance in Life on Mars, so we look forward to seeing him in a series with a greater chance of survival.