Natasha McElhone, Maggie Q, Kal Penn and Italia Ricci will co-star in the drama created by David Guggenheim, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Starring 24 alum Kiefer Sutherland, the drama centers on Tom, a lower-level U.S. cabinet member (Sutherland), who is suddenly appointed president after a catastrophic attack during the State of the Union kills everyone above him in the presidential line of succession. The series is described as a family drama wrapped around a conspiracy thriller about an ordinary man in an extraordinary situation.
For McElhone, the role marks her return to series television following Showtime's long-running comedyCalifornication. She's repped by Paradigm and Myman Greenspan; Q's credits include the Divergent franchise, CBS' Stalker and The CW's Nikita. She's with CAA, Untitled and Broder Law Group. Penn, whose roles include Kumar in the Harold & Kumar franchise as well as TV's Deadbeat, Battle Creek and House, is with UTA, Industry Entertainment and Fuller Downs. Ricci is fresh off ABC Family's Chasing Life and next has a recurring role on CBS' Supergirl. She's with ICM Partners, Protege and Felker Toczek.
An episode count on the straight-to-series entry has not yet been determined, though insiders say it's likely 13.