More casting news has come in for CBS’s upcoming series “Zoo,” as Deadline is reporting that both Kristen Connolly and Billy Burke have signed on for active wild animal battling.
Connolly plays Jamie, a passionate young journalist intent on uncovering the story behind the mysterious animal behavior she’s been tracking. Burke plays Mitch, a straight-shooting large animal veterinarian who prefers the simple company of animals to navigating the complexities of humans.
The pair join the previously announced James Wolk, Nora Arnezeder, and Nonso Anozie. Wolk stars as American zoologist Jackson Oz, who spends his days running safaris in the wilds of Africa until he begins noticing the strange behavior of the animals. As the assaults become more cunning, coordinated, and ferocious, he is thrust into the race to unlock the mystery of the pandemic before there’s no place left for people to hide. Arnezeder plays Chloe Tousignant, a French investigator who meets Oz while she is on an African safari, with Anozie portraying Abraham, a Botswanan safari tour guide with a deep understanding of wildlife — and an even deeper empathy for the struggles of humanity.
The 13-episode drama series will be broadcast in summer 2015.
Zoo, a novel by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge, was originally published in September 2012 by Little, Brown and Company and was a #1 New York Times bestseller. It’s been translated into six languages and has sold more than four million copies worldwide.
Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, and Scott Rosenberg (who also wrote the script together) are executive producers with Patterson, James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout, and Steve Bowen. Brad Anderson (Stonehearst Asylum, The Call, Session 9) is directing. “Zoo” is a CBS Television Studios production.
The series will be distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and worldwide by CBS Studios International.