Sam Neill Joins J.J. Abrams’ ALCATRAZ and Michael Gambon Joins HBO Series LUCK

     December 10, 2010

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Though he’ll always be Dr. Alan Grant in my eyes, Sam Neill has done a myriad of different films with just the right amount of gravitas. Now it looks like he’ll be bringing his talents to the small screen as Deadline reports the actor has landed a role in J.J. Abrams mysterious new series Alcatraz over at Fox. Neill will play Emerson Hauser, the head of a government agency who radiates authority and piercing intelligence. The story itself follows a team of FBI agents and a female police officer (previously announced Sarah Jones) as they track down a group of missing Alcatraz prisoners and guards who reappear in the present day after disappearing 30 years ago. Neill joins Jorge Garcia (Lost), Jonny Coyne and Jason Butler Harner.

Hit the jump for details on a new cast member for HBO’s new series Luck.

In his first appearance in a U.S. series, Deadline reports Harry Potter franchise star Michael Gambon has joined the cast of HBO’s gambling drama Luck. The series takes place in the world of horse racing, following the owners, gamblers, jockeys and industry players. The recurring role  in the series will see him as a nemesis or worthy adversary for Dustin Hoffman’s character Ace Bernstein. Joan Allen also stars in the series from Michael Mann (Public Enemies) and David Milch (NYPD Blue). Gambon’s talents seem to be even more icing on an already enticing cake at HBO, a cable network that seems to get better original programming every single year.

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