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DOCTOR WHO’s Christopher Eccleston Joins Justin Theroux For Damon Lindelof’s HBO Rapture Pilot THE LEFTOVERS!!

Published at: June 10, 2013, 2:52 p.m. CST

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Christopher Eccleston, who once played the title character on "Doctor Who," is joining Justin Theroux ("Wanderlust," "Your Highness"), Anne Dowd ("The Informant!" "Side Effects") , Amanda Warren ("The Adjustment Bureau") and Carrie Coon ("Law & Order: SVU") in the HBO pilot "The Leftovers," "Lost" co-creator Damon Lindelof’s first project under his deal with Warner Bros.

Tom Perrotta’s 2011 novel “The Leftovers”  follows what happens to those who are not transported to Heaven during The Rapture.

In the New York Times, Stephen King called the book “the best Twilight Zone episode you never saw."

Perrotta has seen two of his other books adapted into excellent movies: Alexander Payne’s 1999 satire “Election” and Todd Field’s “Little Children,” which earned Perrotta an Oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay.

Lindelof penned the pilot script with Perrotta, and will serve as showrunner should HBO greenlight the project to series.  Peter Berg ("Friday Night Lights" directed the pilot.

Lindelof co-created and served as showrunner of “Lost” before he co-scripted “Cowboys & Aliens,” “Prometheus,”  “Star Trek: Into Darkness”  and the upcoming Brad Bird/Disney project "Tomorrowland."

Eccleston's other post-"Who" credits inlcude "G.I. Joe: The Rise Of COBRA" and "Thor: The Dark World."

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