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AVATAR’s Stephen Lang
In Talks To Join Fox Sci-Fi
Adventure TERRA NOVA??

I am – Hercules!! The same day we learn of showrunner David Fury’s exit from “Terra Nova” comes word from Deadline Hollywood that actor Stephen Lang (“Avatar,” “Conan”) is in talks to join the series as Frank Taylor, “the charismatic and ruthless leader” of a group of time-traveling humans who escape from a dying future Earth to the planet’s dinosaur era. As the Dealine piece points out, Lang's character in "Avatar" and Lang's intended character in "Terra Nova" were probably born within five years of each other. Jason O’Mara (“Life On Mars”) has long been cast as a newcomer to the Terra Nova colony, a former cop Taylor hopes to recruit for his prehistoric security team. Allison Miller (“Kings”) was recently cast as a veteran of the Terra Nova colony. Fox airs the first “Terra Nova” episode in May; the series launches the following autumn. Find all of Deadline’s story on the matter here.
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  • Sept. 13, 2010, 10:18 p.m. CST

    "Ruthless and charismatic leader?"

    by BrandonGK

    So Lang is just playing Quaritch again?

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 10:32 p.m. CST

    So to avoid further comparisons to Avatar...

    by ackack

    They're casting one of its leads in virtually the same role.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 10:52 p.m. CST




  • Sept. 13, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST

    So he'll be like an anti-hero type then

    by terry1978

    He's the good guy lead, but he'll be doing some questionable shit to get the job done, in other words. Kinda typecast, but we'll see.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Party Crasher crashes Jurassic Park


  • Sept. 14, 2010, 12:19 a.m. CST

    This Is Getting Embarrassing! A Complete Rip Off Of Avatar

    by Media Messiah

    Does Steven Spielberg have any creative juice left, when he has to willfully, and openingly, steal from James Cameron?

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 12:24 a.m. CST

    This Just In!!! Zoe Saldana Is Cast As A Tribal Cave Girl...

    by Media Messiah

    ...trying to save her people from the invaders. She and her tribe ride flying dinosaurs to fight back against the technologically more advanced humans fromthe future. <BR><BR>Really, this show is getting that very desperate to rip-off Avatar.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 1:20 a.m. CST

    This is good news?

    by Akira Cowabunga

    Jesus Christ, TV sucks.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 4:21 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    What's it like going through life with no taste?

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Great, now its an Avatar thread . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . .you should have typed, Tombstone's Stephen Lang.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 7:36 a.m. CST

    I predict...

    by MonkeyManReturns

    Average ratings, because they won't be able to decide if its a kids show...a mid season break for a month or so, ensuring that everyone forgets about it...and then a cancellation cos ratings are so bad for something so expensive...who's in agreement?!

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Lang would make a great Nick Fury.

    by bc1970

    Not Nick Few-ree.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    JamesWest...calling 'Avatar' crap

    by SmokingRobot

    Is being mean to crap.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST

    anyone ever seen Band of the Hand?

    by solitaire

    Seriously, if you can find it on vhs, it's great- miami vice era michael mann, hysterical clothes, great music, a scaldingly hot young Lauren Holly, and Stephen Lang as a native american former special forces soldier who wears a rambo bandana and kicks ass. the film is ridiculous, but he is just so cool in it. I've loved this guy ever since i saw that as a kid, always thought he (like Bruce Greenwood)never got the respect he deserves. Seems to dissapear into every was years before I realized that was him as Ike in tombstone, and he acted opposite Seagal in fire down below and took it seriously, not an easy thing to do. BTW, he would RULE as Steranko style Nick Fury.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Avatar was average.

    by Dharma4

    Seriously, that movie, apart from its occasionally good visual, was just okay. "Cinema never will be the same" haha... right. Besides, now because of that movie, we're being bombarded with all that 3-D shlock that has seriously become just fucking stupid. Cheerz mah dearz

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Saw the AVATAR DC last night...

    by Zardoz

    And I loved the movie even more than the other 2 times that I saw it! Suck it, haters!

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Lang at his best

    by jtp8000

    Crime Story. Also Dennis Farina at his best

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 1:33 p.m. CST

    jtp8000...I beg to argue...yes Farina was great in

    by skimn

    Crime Story, but his excellence was on display in Get Shorty and/or Midnight Run..take your pick.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Crime Story hm i liked the show

    by KilliK

    until it turned out to be a parody of itself.i didnt know Lang was it it,but year Farina was a god there.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Farina was good in The Snatch as well

    by KilliK

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 1:43 p.m. CST

    What about Avatar's dumb story,

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    boring characters, shit acting, horrible dialog, and gay themes. Pretty great right? <P> Did you cry when they knocked down that tree?

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 1:43 p.m. CST

    What about Avatar's dumb story,

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    boring characters, shit acting, horrible dialog, and gay themes. Pretty great right? <P> Did you cry when they knocked down that tree?

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 1:43 p.m. CST

    What about Avatar's dumb story,

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    boring characters, shit acting, horrible dialog, and gay themes. Pretty great right? <P> Did you cry when they knocked down that tree?

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST

    What about the triple post?

    by skimn

    What about the triple post? What about the triple post?<p>Sorry, I had to...

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 2:28 p.m. CST

    That premesis sounds more like a comedy

    by tomimt

    There's no way it could work with a serious tone.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Why am I reminded of that awful The Sound Of Thunder

    by skimn

    based on the Bradbury story.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Why am I reminded of The Sound of Thunder AND Earth2?

    by Arcangel2020

    I agree with Skimm...this sounds a bit like a mix between "The Sound of Thunder (which was a shitty movie based on a terrific short story by Ray Bradbury!)...the shitty old NBC TV show "Earth 2" (What a waste...just as bad if not worse than Seaquest DSV!!) and a bit like "Land of The Lost"....just my personal opinion

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST

    charismatic? More like hammy.

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Actually I think of him as eihter "Gettysburg's" Stephen Lang...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    or "Gods and Generals'" Stephen Lang. I like to think of anything besides a guy fighting the Dances With Smurfs tribe.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 5:09 p.m. CST

    ...or even "Band of the Hand's" Stephen Lang

    by jimmy rabbitte

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST

    gotta wonder if this is why dude left


    guy walks away for creative difference on the day this news is released? i bet that other creator knew what kind of avatar, typcast, idea stealing show terra was being groomed to become.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Lang was the best thing about Avatar

    by photoboy

    I was rooting for him to win. Cameron will struggle to cast someone better than him in the inevitable sequel.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 8:07 p.m. CST

    I saw Band of the Hand

    by CherryValance

    Not really my thing. I never went in for those late 80s sandanista movies or whatever the hell they were. It was always like Colombians selling drugs and "the street" and people in camouflage wife-beaters. Yeah that's how much I remember it. They all blend together. lol</p> <p>Really if you saw him for the first time in AVATAR check him out in CRIME STORY, the tv show, or in a small role in TOMBSTONE. Right now, he must be making a cash grab and I don't blame him. But he's a better actor than what this sounds like and what his role in AVATAR was.</p>

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 8:11 p.m. CST

    The most memorable about Band of the Hand...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    was the title song, by Bob Dylan with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 8:43 p.m. CST

    He should sign on to play Doc Savage.

    by Bob Cryptonight

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Is Terra Nova the Latin word for Avatar?

    by kabong

    Or Lost? <p>

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Terra Nova means asshole in latin

    by DioxholsterReturns

    a show set in the world of an asshole.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    The only man who can top Lang as a villain in Avatar 2 is....

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    big Arnold. He'd be great as the corporate head of the RDA (the exploitative mega-conglomeration in the film) back on Earth. He can have an 'evil' avatar created for his own personal, nefarious uses, and it would be a clever spin on Arnold's real life role as The Governator.<p>Also, Avatar haters - you will never live down the shame of being wrong. Ever.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 9:17 a.m. CST

    As the ratings slump

    by InActionMan

    The producers will force Lang to do his "Silence of the Lambs" "Pee Pee Dance".