O’Mara Joins Life on Mars Remake

Jason O’Mara (TV’s “In Justice,” “Men in Trees,” “The Agency”) is set to star in the lead role of the US remake of “Life on Mars” reports Variety.

O’Mara will play Sam Tyler, a detective who is suddenly transported to the 1970s – where he encounters a serial killer who may have something to do with the present-day abduction of his girlfriend.

Canadian actress Rachelle Lefevre (TV’s “What About Brian,” “Life on a Stick”) has been cast in the female lead role of Det. Annie Cartwright.

The original British series ran on the BBC for sixteen episodes across two seasons in 2006 and earlier this year. It starred John Simm (“Sex Traffic,” TV’s “State of Play” & “Doctor Who”) and has become an award-winning international hit.

Edited versions of the original series still air on BBC America. The remake, being produced by David E. Kelley (“Boston Legal,” “Ally McBeal”), begins production mid-August and if picked up will air sometime mid-season.