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Casting Couch: Kiefer Sutherland Grabs Touch, Minnie Driver Lands Hail Mary, Jason Isaacs Gets REM

A trio of leading actors are heading back to television this pilot season.

Former 24 star Kiefer Sutherland has been cast in FOX drama pilot Touch, from creator/executive producer Tim Kring (Heroes) and 20th Century Fox Television. The project revolves around Sutherland's character, a father "who discovers that his autistic, mute son can predict events before they happen," according to Deadline's Nellie Andreeva.

Production is slated to begin in late May or early June, due to Sutherland's Broadway commitments. (He's currently on stage in a revival of That Championship Season.) Touch will be directed by Charles McDougall, who has become quite the go-to pilot director in recent years, having directed pilots for such series as The Good Wife, The Chicago Code, Desperate Housewives, The Tudors, and many others.

Elsewhere, Minnie Driver (The Riches is also heading back to television, this time to star in CBS drama pilot Hail Mary, where she will play "a suburban single mom who teams up with a street-smart hustler to solve crimes," in the Warner Bros Television-produced pilot, from showrunner Ilene Chaiken (The L Word)

And Jason Isaacs (Brotherhood), who starred in last year's FOX pilot Pleading Guilty, has landed the lead in NBC drama pilot REM from Lone Star creator Kyle Killen. Project, from 20th Century Fox Television, is described as "an Inception-style thriller centered on a cop (Isaacs) who wakes up after an accident to find he is living in two different realities," per Deadline's Nellie Andreeva. Isaacs will also serve as a producer on the project, which will be overseen by 24's Howard Gordon.

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